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Universityof Maryland, College Park
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Victorian gender & sexuality, British popular culture, period drama/TV studies, masculinity, Steampunk , Royal family, Regency England; WWII
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About Me

I’m a historian of Victorian and Twentieth Century Britain with a focus on gender/sexuality and class. I’ve published about the Bloomsbury Group and literary and sexual modernism, and on more contemporary topics as Steampunk,  best-selling authors Catherine Cookson and Anne Perry, British period drama TV (focus on war & trauma, rape, and masculinity). I’m the Washington, D.C. area “expert” on Royal family matters, and use Downton Abbey, Bridgerton, and other forms of pop culture to lecture on historical topics to non-academic audiences. In my spare time I’m an environmental activist and drag my daughter to political rallies.

Recent Publications

Rape in Period Drama Television: Consent, Myth, and Fantasy (Lexington, 2022).

Diagnosing History: Medicine in Television Period Drama (Manchester U Press, 2022)

Conflicting Masculinities: Men in Television Period Drama (I.B. Tauris, 2018).

“Calling #TimesUp on the TV Period Drama Rape Narrative,” in Critical Studies in Television, 2019.

“Doing History in the Age of Downton Abbey”: A Special Issue  for Journal of British Cinema & Television, 2019; includes my article “Let’s Talk About Sex: Period DramaHistories for the 21st Century”

“Sex and the Lady Detective: Re-imagining the Golden Age in Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries,” in Journal of Popular Television, 2016.

Upstairs and Downstairs: British Costume Drama Television from The Forsyte Saga to Downton Abbey (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)

Steaming into a Victorian Future:A Steampunk Anthology (Scarecrow, 2012)

Catherine Cookson Country: On the Border of Illegitimacy, Fiction, and History (Ashgate 2012)

Lytton Strachey and the Search for Modern Sexual Identity (Haworth, 2002)

Media Coverage
Great Day Washington (on Royal Wedding 2018); Voice of America (the other Royal Wedding); Elle Canada (on period drama TV- forthcoming); Broadway website for my talk on "My Fair Lady" (2018)
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Public History, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women, World War I, World War II