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I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on John Milton and the Italian questione della lingua. After my BA in English at the University of Oxford (2009), I earned my MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from University College London (2011), where I stayed for my PhD in English (2016). I have previously taught at institutions including UCL; the University of Oxford; Notre Dame University in England; and Queen Mary, University of London. Beyond my research on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English and Italian literature, I also work on twentieth-century Jewish-American authors, especially Philip Roth. I am a frequent book reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and Philip Roth Studies.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • John Milton
  • Seventeenth-century literature
  • Connections between Italian and English literature
  • Reception studies
  • Philip Roth


I specialise in Milton, but have taught widely across seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature, as well as some Italian literature, especially Dante.

Selected publications


  • '"Now this is television! Turn on the rain!" BoJack Horseman and J. D. Salinger.' Post45 (November 2020)
  • Il drama di Giovanni Milton”: an eighteenth-century musical adaptation of Milton’s A Maske’. Milton Quarterly, (March 2017): 23–37
  • ‘Does Salinger’s biography matter?’ Prospect Magazine online (October 2013)
  • ‘Complaining about Portnoy’, Jewish Quarterly (Mar 2013): 14