Assistant Professor of English
Office: LA 258-D
PhD, English (2015), University of Florida
MA, English (2010), University of Florida
BA, English (2005), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
My research and teaching focus on early and nineteenth-century American literature and culture with a special emphasis on the novel during the early national period (1780-1820). My other main interests include critical theory, history of the book, race and empire studies, gender studies, and secondary English education.
I am currently preparing my first book manuscript "The Natural Aristocracy: Class, Intellectuals, and the American Novel, 1789-1819," which argues that the "novelists" of the early national period are better understood as prolific intellectuals who wrote across a range of genres and formats of publication, often in the service of an urban, finance-driven class coalition. From this assortment of textual forms, the novel emerged as an especially effective avenue for these intellectuals to categorize various social classes, promote the restructuring of the state apparatus under the Constitution, and perforate the republic into Federalists and Democratic-Republicans.
As my research influences my teaching, my courses often consider early and nineteenth-century American literature and culture in the context of historicist and genre theory. My experience in front of the classroom began as a high school English teacher, and I have since taught courses ranging from first-year composition to graduate-level seminars. I am also committed to "teaching teachers," and I have both mentored student teachers and taught courses in English pedagogy.
Complete CV available at Academia. edu.
"Temperance, Abolition, and Genre Collision in Whitman's Franklin Evans." Studies in American Fiction. Fall 2017.
"The Novelist as Organic Intellectual: William Hill Brown's The Power of Sympathy, Reconsidered", American Literature. 88.4 (2016): 695-722.
"Conflict Management: Jeremy Belknap's Committed Literature." Early American Literature 50.2 (2015): 359-384.
"Imperial Ambivalence: Gender, Discourse, and Empire in Early Twentieth-Century Women's Travel Writings of the Philippines." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (2014): 1-18.
Selected Awards and Honors
Faculty Course Release for Scholarly Advancement. College of Arts and Letters, Idaho State University, 2017.
Graduate School Dissertation Award Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Florida, 2015
Graduate Student Teaching Award, Department of English, University of Florida, 2012
Mentoring Fellowship, University Writing Program, University of Florida, 2012-2013
Grinter Fellowship. Department of English, University of Florida, 2010-2013.
ENGL 6625: Studies in a Literary Period: "Digital Archives and the Early American Novel."
ENGL 6621: Seminar in a Major Literary Genre: "Antebellum Slave Narratives."
ENGL 4465/5565: Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature: "Origins of the American Novel."
ENGL 4433: Methods of English Education
ENGL 2278: Survey of American Literature II: 1860 to the Present
ENGL 2277: Survey of American Literature I: Contact to 1860.
ENGL 1175: Literature and Ideas
ENGL 1102: Writing and Rhetoric II