Assistant Professor, American literature and literary theory
Office: 608 Strode
Areas of Interest: Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History, Literature and Philosophy, American Romanticism, Animal Studies
Selected Professional Works
Politics and Skepticism in Antebellum American Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)
"Astonishing Politics: Emerson, Levinas, and Thinking Beyond Virility." Comparative Literature 66, no. 3 (2014): 301-21.
"Hospitality and the Thresholds of the Human in Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym." Studies in American Fiction 40, no. 2 (2013): 185-202.
"Revolutionary Time and the Future of Democracy in Melville's Pierre." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 56, no. 4 (2011): 391-423. Winner of the 2012 Hennig Cohen Prize, awarded by The Melville Society for "excellence in scholarship and writing in an article or book chapter on Melville."
Reviews & Interviews
“Poe, Animals, Animality.” Review of Colleen Glenney Boggs, Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity (Columbia University Press, 2013); and Christopher Peterson, Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality (Fordham University Press, 2012). Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation 47 (2014), 108-11.
Review of Caleb Smith, The Oracle and the Curse: A Poetics of Justice from the Revolution to the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2013). College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies 41, no. 3 (2014): 140-42.