I am professor of English and deputy dean of Humanities and the Arts at the City College of New York. I served as chair of the English Department for 4 ½ years and in administrative and faculty governance roles at City College for over 13 years. While I was chair of English, the department developed strength in the areas of 20th-century literature, composition, and global literatures; reinvested in the teaching of writing; improved professional development opportunities for part-time faculty; implemented a graduated curriculum to support undergraduate accomplishment; and instituted pedagogical and student enrichment grants to support innovative teaching and experiential activities that supplement students in-class studies. I have published on Victorian theater, the novel, and adaptation, and my work-in-progress includes mentoring advanced undergraduate and graduate students in developing an online archive of materials on London’s Independent Theatre Society. My newest area of research examines novels, the emergence of the two cultures of sciences and humanities in the Victorian period, and theories of interdisciplinarity. A native of the borough of Queens in New York City, I received my A.B. from Princeton University and my M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University before coming to City College in 2002 as the Pforzheimer Postdoctoral Fellow in British Literature.