office smallI teach and write about premodern English literature. My first book was English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which won the 2018 English Association Beatrice White Prize. My second book is Meter and Modernity in English Verse, 1350-1650 (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming). With Irina Dumitrescu, I edited The Shapes of Early English Poetry: Style, Form, History (Medieval Institute Publications, 2019). At Boston College, I direct the English MA program. I edit the Yearbook of Langland Studies with Alastair Bennett and Katharine Breen. My writing on literature, politics, and higher education appears in NewsweekThe Atlantic, Vox, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere. In collaboration with my students, I am mapping Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and building a digital textbook for Middle English alliterative poetry. I live in Brookline, Massachusetts with my wife and daughter.