I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Michigan. I’m also a fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows. My scholarship considers the intersections of literary studies, intellectual history, and political theory. I have essays published or forthcoming in PMLA, American Literature, New Literary History, Genre, Twentieth-Century Literature, 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’ve also published short fiction in Delmarva Review and Dead Mule.
My book, Land of Tomorrow: Postwar Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, looks to the literary marketplace after the Second World War to identify intellectual challenges to social-democratic reform in the United States. This book argues that the prestige attached to emerging cultural sensibilities revised American liberalism and thus helped erode support for New Deal-style politics. Land of Tomorrow is forthcoming in 2018 from Oxford University Press.
Before arriving at the University of Michigan, I held a visiting position 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.