Assistant Teaching Professor of Core Literature
Faculty Affiliate, Energy, Environment, & Sustainability
Office: C103 Tribble Hall
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)
BA, Kenyon College (2005)
Areas of Interest
- U.S. Literature and Culture to 1900
- History of Science
- Herman Melville
- Meteorology, Climate, and Storms
- History of Slavery in Winston-Salem
- Melville’s Leaks: Science, Materialism, and the Reconstitution of Persons (under advance contract, Northwestern University Press).
- Ahab Unbound: Melville and the Materialist Turn, University of Minnesota Press 2022.
- Hidden Town: A Virtual Exhibit (Partnership with Old Salem Museum & Gardens)
- Environmental Destruction
- “Rethinking Ahab: An Introduction,” Ahab Unbound: Melville and the Materialist Turn, ed. Meredith Farmer and Jonathan Schroeder, University of Minnesota, 2022.
- “The Confidence-Man and the Avatar.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, 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 175: Hidden Town: Slave Narratives, Global and Local
- ENG 175: Environmental Destruction: Introduction to the Environmental Humanities
- ENG 175: Detectives and Detection: U.S. Fiction 1841-Present
- ENG 175: Literary and Scientific Methods: the U.S. Nineteenth Century
- ENG 290: Introduction to Criticism and Theory
- ENG 301: Melville and his Moments
- ENG 361 / ENV 305: Introduction to the Environmental Humanities
- ENG 765: How We Read Now