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

I work and teach at the intersections of literature and gender and sexuality studies. Both in 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 sibling relations in theory and practice; the histories and stories of marriage; the trope of madness and women writers; monstrosity and otherness; and the modern American family.


Through the 2021-22 academic year, I will be serving as a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate with the Writing Program in Northeastern University's College of Social Sciences and Humanities. 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.