I’m a fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Michigan. My scholarship examines the exchanges between literary studies, intellectual history, and political theory. I have essays published or forthcoming in PMLA, American Literature, New Literary History, Genre, Twentieth-Century Literature, and elsewhere, on topics ranging from modern American fiction to 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, shows that the literary marketplace after WWII provided cultural legitimacy to anti-organizational political sensibilities. The cultural prestige of these new forms of liberal thought and feeling licensed intellectual opposition to New Deal-style reform. Land of Tomorrow will be published in 2018 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. Writing and teaching in the environmental humanities comprise a second major focus of my work. I’ve published essays on environmentalism, philosophy, and U.S. history in 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 sample syllabi.
I’m from Jackson, Mississippi and completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.