Associate Professor, English
Phone: (336) 758-4491
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
B.A. University of Virginia
Areas of Interest
- 18th & 19th-century U.S. literature
- Political and democratic theory
- Herman Melville
- 2014 Hennig Cohen Prize from the Melville Society
- Democracy’s Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing (Fordham 2010)
- The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire, co-edited with Paul Stasi (Bloomsbury 2013)
Recent essays & articles:
- “Melville in the Dark Days of Democracy,” Leviathan 18.3 (October 2016): 11-30.
- “Feeling Green: Goethe, Melville, and the Color of Democracy,” J19: The Journal of 19th-century Americanists 3.2 (Fall 2015): 421-28.
- “Democracy and Melville’s Aesthetics,” in The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville, ed. Robert Levine (2013).
- “Circles upon Circles: Tautology, Form, and the Shape of Democracy in Tocqueville and Melville,” J19: The Journal of 19th-century Americanists 1.1 (Spring 2013): 121-46.
- “Revisiting the Citizen-Subject,” with Kir Kuiken, Postmodern Culture 22.3 (May 2012).