British Romanticism | 18th & 19th-Century Literature 
Gender & Sexuality | Family & Kinship

I work and teach at the intersections of literature and gender and sexuality studies. In both my courses and scholarship, I ask how ideas and practices surrounding family, marriage, and kinship inform creative texts from the eighteenth century to today. I am interested in the ways that writers inherit, embody, challenge, and resist those ideologies and norms of their cultural moment. 

While my research currently focuses on the period of British Romanticism, I teach expansively across Anglophone poetry, fiction, and film. I also design many interdisciplinary courses, incorporating discourses from across the humanities, social sciences, and pop culture, to consider topics such as: communities and intersectionality; the modern American family; the history of marriage; tropes of madness and women writers; monstrosity and the other; queer narratives; and the poetic subject.


Through the 2021-22 academic year, I will be serving as a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in the Writing Program at Northeastern University. Over the past twelve years, I have held visiting faculty positions at Vassar College and the College of the Holy Cross and taught as a graduate fellow and adjunct instructor at Boston University.

I earned my Ph.D. in English, with a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, from Boston University, and I received my A.B. in English with honors from Vassar College.

Talia M. Vestri, Ph.D.