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’ve published essays in PMLA, American Literature, New Literary History, Genre, Contemporary Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, and elsewhere. These essays examine topics ranging from twentieth-century “world literature” and modern American fiction to the environmental humanities 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. This book shows that the cultural prestige of new forms of liberal thought and feeling licensed opposition to New Deal-style reform. Land of Tomorrow was 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 US 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 a complete listing of courses.
I’m from Jackson, Mississippi and completed a Ph.D. in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.