I am a fellow with the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. I also hold an appointment as an Assistant Professor in Michigan’s Department of English. 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 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 by looking to transformations in the post-1945 literary marketplace.
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. Courses I’ve taught recently 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.