Bernadette received her PhD in English Literature from Cornell University in 2016. Her research focuses on how Romantic and Victorian literature and culture both contribute to and challenge our understanding of what it means to be modern. Her book manuscript, Grounds of the Modern: Unearthing the Past in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, 1798-1897, explores how a variety of Romantic and Victorian writers, including William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Smith, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Lord Alfred Tennyson navigate modernity's perceived groundlessness by invoking past "grounds" for literature, faith, and knowledge.
Bernadette's scholarship has appeared in New Literary History, Essays in Romanticism, and Literature Compass and has been presented at the conventions of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), and the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), as well as other academic conferences.
While at Cornell, Bernadette taught a variety of courses, including a class on the role of faith and doubt in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and a class on the digital humanities. In 2015, she was awarded the Joseph F. Martino Lectureship for Undergraduate Teaching from the Cornell English Department. She currently serves as a Professor of Practice in the English Department at Tulane, where she teaches first-year writing and a service-learning course that introduces Tulane students to the thought of Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, and Quintilian while guiding them through the process of coaching debate at local middle schools.