Assistant Teaching Professor of Core Literature
Faculty Affiliate, Energy, Environment, & Sustainability
Office: C5-H Tribble Hall
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)
BA, Kenyon College (2005)
Areas of Interest
- U.S. Literature and Culture
- Literature & Science
- History of Science
- Herman Melville
- Meteorology, Climate, and Storms
- Melville’s Leaks: Science, Materialism, and the Reconstitution of Persons (under advance contract, Northwestern University Press).
- Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn (under contract, University of Minnesota Press)
- “Melville and Materialisms,” Special Issue of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies (under development with Michael Jonik).
Recent and Forthcoming Publications
- “Introduction: Rethinking Ahab,” Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn, edited by Meredith Farmer and Jonathan Schroeder, University of Minnesota, forthcoming 2020.
- “‘Death Trellised Life’: Melville and the Model of Early Organic Chemistry,” Arizona Quarterly, forthcoming special issue.
- “The Confidence-Man and the Avatar.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, forthcoming 2019.
- “A Natural History of Intellect?” Approaches to Teaching Emerson’s Essays and Other Works, ed. Long and Meehan, New York: Modern Language Association, September 2018.
- “A Brief History of the Origin of the Melville Society: Bezanson Archive Report,” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, June 2017.
- “Herman Melville and Joseph Henry at the Albany Academy; or, Melville’s Education in Mathematics and Science,” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, June 2016.
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2019)
- New Bedford Whaling Museum (2016)
- Chemical Heritage Foundation (2015)
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2014)
- Bakken Museum of Electricity (2014)
- American Philosophical Society (2013)
Courses at Wake Forest
- ENG 150: Detectives and Detection: U.S. Fiction 1841-Present
- ENG 150: Hidden Towns: Slave Narratives, National and Local
- ENG 175: Environmental Destruction: Introduction to the Environmental Humanities
- ENG 175: Literary and Scientific Methods: the U.S. Nineteenth Century
- ENG 301: Melville and his Moments
Recent and Upcoming Talks
- “Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn” (Melville Society Conference, June 2019)
- “Tracking Early American Hurricanes” (Society of Early Americanists, February 2019)
- “Melville’s Education in Math and Science; or, Outside the Cold War Frame” (MLA, January 2019)
- “The Confidence-Man and the Avatar” (MLA, January 2019)
- “Understanding Academic Freedom” (MLA, January 2019)
- “Melville’s Hurricane; or, How to Emerge from Emergency” (ASA, November 2018)