Tom was awarded his PhD in English Literature in 2015. He researches the many ways that nineteenth-century literature reckons with human vulnerability, particularly in relation to narrative ethics and sexuality. His current book project asks why Victorian fiction tended to reject perfectionism as an ethical ambition.
His articles have appeared in The New England Quarterly, Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Victorian Poetry. His most recent article, "The Defects of of Perfectionism: Nietzsche, Eliot, and the Irrevocability of Wrong in Middlemarch," is forthcoming from Philological Quarterly in 2017.