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
Politics and Skepticism in Antebellum American Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
"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."
“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.