I am a fellow with the Michigan Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Michigan. My scholarship considers literary studies, intellectual history, and political theory. I have essays published or forthcoming in PMLA, American Literature, Genre, Arizona Quarterly, and elsewhere, on topics ranging from twentieth-century American fiction to the history of ideas and media underlying contemporary methods in the digital humanities. I also have fiction forthcoming in The Delmarva Review and The Dead Mule.
Although I’m trained as an Americanist, my scholarship spans national literatures from the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries and often draws on research in political theory and environmental studies. My first book charts a cultural history of the crisis of American liberalism and the decline of the New Deal reform agenda by looking to transformations in the post-1945 literary marketplace. This book is forthcoming in 2018 from Oxford University Press.
Before arriving at the University of Michigan, I held a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Davidson College, where I taught in the Departments of English and Environmental Studies. I’ve offered courses on topics like “Posthumanism and the End of Nature,” “Contemporary Southern Literature,” and “Environmental Harm and Global Fiction.” See my Teaching page for sample syllabi.
I’m from Jackson, Mississippi and completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.