Associate Professor, English



  • Ph.D, University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Georgetown University

Areas of Interest

  • African American Literature
  • 19th and 20th Century American Literature
  • Law and Literature
  • Critical Theory


  • American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow, 2013-15
  • Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-15
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, 2012-13

Selected Publications

  • “Was Blind But Now I See”: Post-Racial Justice in Edward P. Jones’ The Known World,” in Passing While Post-Racial: Performance and Identity Construction in Neo-Passing Narratives.  Eds. Mollie Godfrey and Vershawn Young (forthcoming 2017 with University of Illinois Press).
  • “Slavery and the Slave Narrative.”  Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies (2016).
  • “‘Every Tone Was a Testimony’: Black Music, Literature, and Law.”  Law, Culture and the Humanities.  (2013).
  • “Sedition Prose: Patriots and Traitors in the African American Literary Tradition.”  Law and Literature 24.2 (2012).