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
- Slavery in North Carolina
- 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)
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 2021.
- “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 175: Environmental Destruction: Introduction to the Environmental Humanities
- ENG 175: Hidden Town: Slave Narratives, National and Local
- 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
Recent and Upcoming Talks
- “Melville and the Model of Early Organic Chemistry,” Arizona Quarterly Symposium, Tucson, March 2021.
- “Storm Warnings, Weather Maps, and the Rise of the Telegraph,” Roundtable on Infrastructure. C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Zoom, October 2020.
- “The Hidden Town Project, A Partnership with Old Salem,” DH@Wake, Zoom, July 2020.