Caribbean Jewish Crossings is the first essay collection to consider the Caribbean's relationship to Jewishness through a literary lens. Although Caribbean novelists and poets regularly incorporate Jewish motifs in their work, scholars have neglected this strain in studies of Caribbean literature.
The book takes a pan-Caribbean approach, with chapters addressing the... Read more
My current work is located in a number of intersecting fields: nineteenth-century literature, Jewish studies, digital humanities, public humanities, and nineteenth-century Caribbean culture. My first book, English Origins, Jewish Discourse, and the Nineteenth-Century British Novel (2009), examines responses to Jewish and Christian religious and historical affiliations. I've also completed two essay collections: An Uncomfortable Authority: Maria Edgeworth and her Contexts and Victorian Xenophobia. More recently I've been working on a co-edited essay collection, Caribbean Jewish Crossings: Atlantic Literature and Theory in which I have an essay on the Jamaican writer, Philip Cohen Labatt. I'm also currently completing a linked monograph and digital project on the intersection of archival studies and London's East End. The monograph examines nineteenth-century archives. The corresponding digital project, The Lyon Archive, contains digital editions of A.S. Lyon's diaries within the context of digital exhibits and objects tied to Lyon's writing and culture. My work on nineteenth-century London foregrounds literary traffic throughout the Atlantic world, especially between the East End and the West Indies. Through this work I've had opportunities to collaborate on a multi-year public-humanities research project to create a permanent archive of Jamaican Jewish cemeteries. Materials from our work are now part of the University of Florida's Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLOC).
I serve as the Director of Digital Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2017 I helped create a minor in Digital Humanities. I now direct that program and collaboratively run public programs across campus on digital culture and the use of digital tools in the humanities.
My teaching areas of interest include the following: the nineteenth-century novel, digital humanities, public humanities, archival theory and fiction, Jewish literary culture, and nineteenth-century book history and culture.