My research interests are in nineteenth-century British literature, social history, and print culture. My work on the culture of invalidism has led to an interest in “transient illnesses” of Victorian Britain and to histories, narratives, and representations of institutional care (e.g., workhouses, asylums) in the period. I have an abiding interest in Victorian women social reformers, especially Harriet Martineau and Florence Nightingale. I am currently reading widely in the history of emotions. My current book-project originated in a series of classroom assignments on Jane Austen’s distinctive vocabulary; it is tentatively titled Keywords of Jane Austen’s Fiction.