Mangrum2015I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Davidson College. My scholarship ties together literary studies, intellectual history, and political philosophy. I have essays published or forthcoming in such journals as PMLA, American Literature, and Arizona Quarterly 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 (November 2017). Although I’m trained as an Americanist, my scholarship regularly spans national literatures from the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries and often draws on research in political theory and environmental studies. My current book project charts a cultural history of the decline of the New Deal reform agenda and the rise of economic inequality by looking to transformations in the post-1945 literary marketplace.

At Davidson College, I teach courses on American, Southern, and global environmental literatures. Recent courses include “Posthumanism and the End of Nature,” “Contemporary Southern Literature,” and “Environmental Harm and Global Fiction.” See my Teaching  page for sample syllabi.

I am from Jackson, Mississippi and completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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