Ph.D., Princeton University
B.A. (First Class Honours), Oxford University
At Rutgers Since 1996
Executive Board, Rutgers British Studies Center
101B Van Dyck Hall
My research continues to focus primarily on the political culture of early modern England, in particular the histories of political media, court culture, visual representation and political violence. I am currently working on three (interrelated) projects on the political culture of England in the 1620s: England's Assassin, a study of the Buckingham assassination co-written with Thomas Cogswell; The Murder of James I, also co-written with Thomas Cogswell; and a study of painted portraiture and courtly sexuality in the 1620s.
COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT
- 510:101 Development of Europe I
- 510:245 The Arts of Power: Ritual, Myth and Propaganda from the Emperor Augustus to the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales
- 510:342 Reformation England, 1485-1603
- 510:344 Revolutionary England, 1603-1714
- 510:345 The English Revolution, 1640-60
- 506: 401, 402 History Seminars on Society and the Supernatural, and on Politics and Theatre
- Rutgers College Honors Seminar on Capital Punishment in Historical Perspective
- Byrne First Year Seminars: "How to Read a Verse Libel"; and "From Gallows Tree to Lethal Injection: Capital Punishment in Historical Perspective"
- 510:603 Colloquium in Early Modern British History
- Co-taught (with Jennifer Jones) Colloquium on Early Modern French and British History
- 510:597 PDR in Early Modern European History
- The Politics of Court Scandal In Early Modern England: News Culture and the Overbury Affair, 1603-1660, (Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2002).
- Early Stuart Libels: An Edition of Poetry from Manuscript Sources (Early Modern Literary Studies: Texts Series I (2005)), co-edited with Andrew McRae
- “Libel”, in Joad Raymond (ed.), The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture (Oxford UP: Oxford, 2011)
- “Buckingham Engraved: Politics, Print Images and the Royal Favourite in the 1620s”, in Michael Hunter (ed.), Printed Images in Early Modern Britain (Ashgate: Farnham and Burlington, 2010)
- “The Murder of John Lambe: Crowd Violence, Court Scandal and Popular Politics in Early Seventeenth Century England”, Past and Present 200 (2008)
- “‘Naught But Illusion’?: Buckingham’s Painted Selves”, in Kevin Sharpe and Steven Zwicker (eds.), Writing Lives: Biography and Textuality, Identity and Representation in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2008)
- “Railing Rhymes Revisited: Libels, Scandal and Early Stuart Politics”, History Compass 5:4 (2007).
- 2012: ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship (to be held during 2013)
- 2009: Seminar Director, Folger Institute, Folger Shakespeare Library
- 2003: Rutgers University Board of Trustees' Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence
- 2000: Rutgers University FAS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Undergraduate Education
- 1994: Whiting Fellowship
- 1987: Brackenbury Scholarship, Balliol College, Oxford
- North American Conference on British Studies
- Program co-chair Middle Atlantic Conference on British Studies 2001-2003