Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Dalhousie University
  • M.A., Dalhouise University
  • B.A., University of Southern Maine

Emily Dickinson once wrote “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.”  Dickinson here suggests that literary reading stimulates unusual, and perhaps otherwise unattainable, cognitive effects.  My research focuses on these effects, especially as described and produced by English Romantic poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and William Wordsworth.  I am particularly interested in how the cognitive theories and poetic practices of the Romantic era can inform present-day research in cognitive-neuroscience.

Select Courses Taught

  • Four Figures of the Renaissance
  • Linguistic Approaches to Literature
  • Literary Analysis
  • Literature and Economics
  • Romantics on the Mind
  • Victorian Literature

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Research & Scholarship

Select Publications

“The Prelude as a Philosophical Poem,” in Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth, ed. Richard Gravil and Daniel Robinson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 397-413.

“Time as Space in the Structure of (Literary) Experience: The Prelude,” in Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies, ed. Lisa Zunshine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 593-612.

“Integrating the Study of Cognition, Literature, and History,” in Cognition, Literature, and History, ed. Mark J. Bruhn and Donald R. Wehrs.  New York: Routledge, 2014.  1-14.

“Romantic Reflections: Toward a Cultural History of Introspection in Mind Science,” in Cognition, Literature, and History, ed. Mark J. Bruhn and Donald R. Wehrs.  New York: Routledge, 2014.  209-228.

“Mind Out of Time: Wordsworth and Neurophenomenology,” European Romantic Review 24.4 (2013): 421-436.

“Exchange Values: Poetics and Cognitive Science,” Poetics Today 32.3 (2011): 403-460.

“Harmonious Madness: The Poetics of Analogy at the Limits of Blending Theory,” Poetics Today 32.4 (2011): 619-662.

“Romanticism and the Cognitive Science of Imagination,” Studies in Romanticism 48.4 (2009): 543-564.

“Shelley’s Theory of Mind: From Radical Empiricism to Cognitive Romanticism,” Poetics Today 30.3 (2009): 373-422.

 “Cognition and Representation in Wordsworth’s London,” Studies in Romanticism 45.2 (2006): 157-180.

“Place Deixis and the Schematics of Imagined Space: Milton to Keats,” Poetics Today 26.3 (2005): 387-432.

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

  • Chester Alter Professor, Regis University, 2013-14
  • Regis College Outstanding Scholarship Award, Regis Univeristy, 2012-2013
  • Visiting Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University-Munich, Germany, 2011 (Fall)
  • Regis College Outstanding Service Award, Regis University, 2008-2009
  • Faculty Lecturer of the Year, Regis University, 2005-2006
  • Izaak W. Killam Doctoral Fellowship, 1991-1994