Dr Michelle Alexis Taylor is the Joanna Randall-MacIver Junior Research Fellow in Anglophone Literature. As an undergraduate, she studied English at Yale, where she was awarded the Lloyd Mifflin Prize for an Outstanding Senior Thesis in English. She received her A.M. and Ph.D. in English from Harvard. Her first book project, In Rooms of Their Own, demonstrates how the amateurism of twentieth-century coterie formations, material cultures, and literary practices complemented and competed with the period’s push towards literary professionalism and institutionalization. In addition to her academic research, Dr Taylor enjoys writing for public-facing venues such as The Point Magazine and The New Yorker.