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I am a specialist in seventeenth-century literature, early modern cultural studies, and women's writing and the author of a number of scholarly articles on witchcraft, possession, and digital culture. I am the lead of the Witches in Early Modern England Project and the Editor of Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies in the Preternatural (Penn State Press). My first book, Bewitched and Bedevilled (under contract at Palgrave Macmillan) uses cognitive science and neuroscience to understand possession phenomenon in early modern England. My second book, Witching and Prophesying (under contract at Athabasca University Press), a comparison of the construction of witchcraft and prophecy, challenges the assumption that we can understand these women in their historical contexts without understanding them together. My third book, Being Bewitched, is a micro-historical case study of an almost unheard of witchcraft accusation among the elite in 1620s London, is currently under preliminary review. I am an active member in a number of national and international Digital Humanities projects, societies, and conferences, a regular participant in Humanities conferences and colloquia and workshops, and an enthusiastic and challenging teacher.


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