Research Interests: Victorian Literature and Culture, crime/detective fiction, Victorian periodicals, Victorian literature of empire, the history of the novel, contemporary female detective fiction, genre fiction, serialization.
Specialization: Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|History of the Novel|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory|Victorian Literature
Executive Editor, Clues: A Journal of Detection and Co-editor, Dickens Studies Annual?
DETECTING THE NATION: FICTIONS OF DETECTION AND THE IMPERIAL VENTURE (Ohio State, 2004)
Editor, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four. Oxford World Classics (forthcoming 2021)
“Dickens Matters? A Collaborative Story About Our Spring 2019 Dickens Seminar Told in Six Parts.” Dickens Studies Annual 50.2 (2019): 362-388.
“The Empires of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four.” The Cambridge Companion to Sherlock Holmes. Cambridge UP, 2019: 127-139.
“The Fin de Siecle Detective: ‘But My Job Don’t End There’.” The Edinburgh Companion to Fin-de-Siecle Literature, Culture and the Arts. Edinburgh UP, 2018: 425-439.
“Nancy Drew, Dragon Tattoo: Female Detective Fiction and the Ethics of Care.” Textus 27 (Fall 2014): 19-46.
“’When Sincerity is not Enough: ‘Drood,’ Drood and Victorian Camp” in Victorian Literature and Culture 42.1 (March 2014).
“Household Style: Dickens Edits a Nation,” English 62.236 (March 2013): 22-46.
“How I Found England: The Detective Narratives of Burton and Stanley.” Nineteenth Century Studies 26 (2012): 101-114.
“The Novel’s Mobile Home.” Novel 43:1 (Spring 2010): 72-77.
Do We Need Another Hero? Barbara Neely's Other Hero, in MULTICULTURAL DETECTIVE FICTION: MURDER FROM THE ŒOTHER¹ SIDE, ed. Adrienne Gosselin (Garland Press, 1998): 213-234.