is professor of history at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches modern European intellectual and cultural history. He is the author of As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality
(Oxford University Press, 2012) and The Avant-Garde in Interwar England: Medieval Modernism and the London Underground
(Oxford University Press, 2001); coeditor of The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age
(Stanford University Press, 2009) and editor of The Fin-de-siècle World
(Routledge, 2015). He is currently working on a history of modernity and the imagination.