I was born in Vancouver and raised in Toronto, where I attended the University of Toronto Schools. I received my BA in English and Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, MPhil in Medieval English Studies from Oxford University, and PhD in English from Stanford University.

I am the author of The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare (Cambridge, 2004), which won the Roland H. Bainton Prize for best book in literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.

I am co-editor, with Ananya Jahanara Kabir, of Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures (Cambridge, 2005), co-editor, with Kaara Peterson, of The Afterlife of Ophelia (Palgrave, 2012).

I have published scholarly articles on a wide range of topics, including Anglo-French literary relations, Shakespeare adaptations, the history of feminist scholarship, medievalisms, and the reception of classical and medieval literature in the Renaissance.

My current research is devoted to early modern girlhoods. Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood (Palgrave, 2014) was published in Palgrave’s Shakespeare Studies series. 

In 2015, I edited a special issue of the award-winning online journal Borrowers and Lenders: the Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, on “Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare,” and organized a colloquium on Anne Boleyn’s girlhood music book at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto. 

I have recently published a new collection of articles, Childhood, Education, and the Stage in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2017), co-edited with Richard Preiss.

I am currently at work on two projects, one on girl actors in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and the other on girls in early modern book culture. In 2017 I was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, and in 2018 I was awarded a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2019 I received the President’s Research Excellence Award from York University. I have currently been working on a series of podcasts, with John Edwards of the Musicians in Ordinary, featuring my work on girl performers.