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Topics in the Victorian Period

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‘Democracy Redux: Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1835-40). BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (forthcoming). 

'From the Local to the Colonial: Toynbee Hall and the Politics of Poverty.' Victorian Studies 61.2 (2019): 278-288.

'Beauty.' Journal of Victorian Literature and Culture 46.3/4 (2018): 584-587.

‘Sensation, Art, and Capital.' The History of British Women’s Writing,1830-1880. Ed. Lucy Hartley. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 264-281.

'Introduction.' The History of British Women’s Writing,1830-1880. Ed. Lucy Hartley. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 1-20.
'"How to Observe": Charles Eastlake and a New Professionalism for the Arts.' Journal of Art Historiography, 18 (2018): 261-281. 
‘Experimenting with Public Opinion.’ NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 50.1 (2017): 141-145.

‘Art.’ The Cambridge Companion to John Ruskin. Ed. Francis O’Gorman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 83-99.
'John Stuart Mill.' Oxford Bibliographies Online. Ed. Juliet John Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

‘Democracy at the Crossroads: Tocqueville, Mill, and the Conflict of Interests.’ The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776-1914. Ed. Ella Dzelainis and Ruth Livesey. Ashgate Series in Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Studies. London: Ashgate Press, 2013. 101-126
‘Aesthetic Theories.’ The Oxford History of the Novel in English. Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880. Ed. John Kucich and Jenny Bourne Taylor. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 322-340
‘War and Peace, or, Governmentality as the Ruin of Democracy.’ Rethinking Foucault in an Age of Terror. Eds. Stephen Morton and Stephen Bygrave. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 131-155
‘Intellectual History and Art History.’ Palgrave Guide to Intellectual History. Ed. Brian Young and Richard Whatmore. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 65-91
‘Constructing the Common Type: Physiognomic Norms and the Notion of ‘Civic Usefulness,’ from Lavater to Galton.’ Histories of the Normal and the Abnormal: Social and Cultural Histories of Norms and Normativity. Ed. Waltraud Ernst. London: Routledge, 2006. 101-121
‘A Science for One or a Science for All? Physiognomy, Self-Help and the Practical Benefits of Science.’ Repositioning Victorian Sciences:Shifting Centres in Nineteenth-Century Scientific Thinking. Eds. David Clifford, Elisabeth Wadge, Alex Warwick, and Martin Willis. London: Anthem Press, 2006. 71-84
‘Putting the Drama into Everyday Life: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and a Very Ordinary Aesthetic.’ Journal of Victorian Culture 7.2 (2002): 173-195

Art Criticism
‘The Jellyfish and the Pentagram: Reflections on beauty as longing and renewal.’ Essay commissioned for Browsing Beauty by Andrea Sunder-Plassmann and Sigi Torinus. Ontario: Thames Art Gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and the WKP Kennedy Gallery, 2010. 5-13.