I’m a fellow with the Michigan Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Michigan (non-tenure-track). I’m also an affiliate faculty member with the U-M Digital Studies Institute. I’ve published essays in PMLA, American Literature, New Literary History, Genre, Contemporary Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, and elsewhere. These essays examine topics ranging from the environmental humanities to twentieth-century “world literature” and the history of ideas and media underlying contemporary methods in the digital humanities.
My book, Land of Tomorrow: Postwar Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, examines the ways in which the US literary marketplace after WWII provided cultural legitimacy to anti-organizational political sensibilities. I show how the cultural prestige of new forms of liberal thought and feeling licensed opposition to New Deal-style reform. Land of Tomorrow was published in 2019 by 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. My work in the environmental humanities has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as ELH, Arizona Quarterly, and Nineteenth-Century Prose. I’ve also offered courses on topics like “Posthumanism and the End of Nature,” “Contemporary Southern Literature and Environmental History,” and “Environmental Harm and Global Fiction.” See my Teaching page for a complete listing of courses.
I’m from Brandon, Mississippi, and completed a Ph.D. in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.