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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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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
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Public History, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women, World War I, World War II