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- The Johns Hopkins University. Ph.D.
- Grinell College. B.A. with honors
- My research focuses on the literature of the French Enlightenment, more specifically on the relationships between literature and the natural sciences. My current book project examines Buffon’s Histoire naturelle as an work of literature, arguing that literary creation and invention were essential and inherent to the production, transmission, and application of natural knowledge in the Enlightenment. My next research project will focus on the discursive strategies of the Enlightenment transition between natural theology and natural history, with a particular regard to the growing discipline of geography and how it told the story of the development of the earth and the oceans. I have published several articles on the Histoire naturelle as well as on the Marquis de Condorcet’s Esquisse d’un tableau historique des progrès de l’esprit humain.
- “Naming as Natural Process and Historical Narrative in Buffon’s Histoire naturelle, 1749-1755.” Romance Studies 31:3-4 (November 2013), 238-50. Shortlisted for the 2014 Malcolm Bowie Prize from the Society for French Studies.
- “Hypothesis, Conjecture, and the Invention of a New World in Condorcet’s Esquisse d’un tableau historique des progrès de l’esprit humain.” Modern Language Notes 129:4 (September 2014), 780-95.
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