Joshua Branciforte received his Ph.D. in English from U.C. Berkeley in 2015. He specializes in the literature of the Restoration and eighteenth century with a special interest in aesthetics and criticism. His book project, “The Government of the Senses: aesthetic detachment from Milton to Hume," analyzes the culture of taste in the enlightenment as a social discipline. He also has secondary interests in queer studies and visual culture.