Address: 211A Morrill Hall
BA, Denison University
Areas of Interest & Expertise
- American literature colonial to contemporary
- Ethnicities and color lines
- Critical Race Theory
- Literature of travel and migration
- Autobiography, memory, epistolarity
Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught
- ENGL 6220, Slave Narrative Tradition: Past, Present, Future
- ENGL 5660, Whitman and Dickinson
- ENGL 5480, American Expatriates: Henry James to James Baldwin
- ENGL 4520, Remembering the Sixties
- ENGL 4300, Exotic Destinations
- ENGL 3200 (Cambridge, UK), Traveling and Telling: Mobility and the Art of Narrative
Geographies of Flight: Phillis Wheatley to Octavia Butler. Northwestern University Press, 2020.
Kodak Elegy: A Cold War Childhood. Syracuse University Press, 2012.
Epistolary Practices: Letter Writing in America before Telecommunications. University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
The Literary Vocation of Henry Adams. University of North Carolina Press, 1990.
Daisy Miller (Introductions, annotations, bibliography). Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Henry Adams and the Need to Know, co-edited with Earl N. Harbert. Massachusetts Historical Society and University of Virginia Press, 2005.
Articles and Book Chapters:
"Dynasty, Declension, and the Endurance of the House of Adams." Reviews in American History 49:2 (June 2021).
"Autobiography, Education: Henry Adams and the Definition of a Genre." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 33.1 (Winter 2018).
"Longing in Long-Distance Letters: Nineteenth Century and Now," in Celeste-Marie Bernier, Judie Newman, Matthew Pethers ed., The Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth Century American Letters and Letter-Writing. Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
"'Who Aint a Slave?' Moby-Dick and the Slave Narrative Tradition." Literature in the Early American Republic, 2009.
"Americans in Europe: Henry James to the Present," in Alfred Bendixen, ed. The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing Cambridge University Press, 2008.
“'Surely Cora Was Not Forgotten’: Remembering Africa in the Leatherstocking Tales,” in Jeffrey Walker, ed., Reading Cooper, Teaching Cooper AMS Press, 2007.
Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures
"Cartographies of Fugitivity, Heterotopias of Revolt: Martin Delany to Alexandra Bell." American Studies Association Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 12, 2021.
"Henry Adams: Knowledge and Neglect." Society for US Intellectual History, Chicago, Illinois, November 8, 2018.
"Fugitive Geographies: The Slave Narrative and the Myth of American Space." Universität Erfurt, June 7, 2017.
"Autobiography, Education: Henry Adams and the Definition of a Genre." Modern Language Association Convention, Austin, Texas, January 9, 2016.
"Geography, Empathy: Octavia Butler and the Perils of Sharing." American Studies Association Meeting, Toronoto, Ontario, October 8, 2015.
"Travel Writing, Travel Industry: A Brief History of Travel Writing." American Literature Association Conference, Washington D.C., May 25, 2014.
Honors & Offices
- OSU Regents Distinguished Research Award 2016
- DAAD Visiting Professor, Universität Paderborn, Germany, May-July, 2012
- Fulbright Lecturer, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 2008-2009
- Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society 2005
- OSU Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Research Award 1999
- Modern Language Association Prize for Independent Scholars 1990
Current Research & Projects
Book in progress: Writing Distance: Genres of Travel and Separation.