My research centers primarily on 19th-century British literature and culture, often with an eye toward empire, critical race studies and analyses of material culture. I have published and presented on the jingoism of late nineteenth-century “books for boys”; the narrative construction of maternity in an imperial context; the imaginative work of tea as Britain’s national drink; and the construction of 19th-century British identity through domesticity. My teaching interests extend much farther. I believe that writing well and with confidence is a hallmark of successful education, so I am pleased to contribute to Drexel’s First-Year Writing Program as well as to the Writing Center. I am currently developing a special topic in “Literature of Conscience” for ENGL 103: Analytical Writing and Reading. In addition, I teach British Literature II, focusing on what it means to be British in a post-industrial age, and Young Adult Fiction, a course that combines study of literature for tweens and teens with analysis of age-appropriate pedagogy.