Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University at Albany, SUNY)
English and American Literature
Office: Humanities 210C
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Colonial through early twentieth-century American Literature, emphasizing Puritan poetics, the eighteenth-century novel, and antebellum literature; Charles Brockden Brown; Realism & Naturalism; nineteenth-century British Literature; Attachment Theory and Embodied Cognitive Science; and psychoanalytic readings of gender and parenting in literature.
Monstrous Kinships: Realism & Attachment Theory in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Novel. University of Delaware Press, 2011.
Nathaniel Hawthorne in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates, University of Iowa Press, 2007. Editor with Ronald A. Bosco.
Essays (Peer Reviewed):
“Emerson as a National Icon,” in Emerson in Context, edited by Wesley T. Mott, under contract with Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2012.
"New England Poetry." Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature, ed. Kevin J. Hayes, Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 115-41. With Ronald A. Bosco.
Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed):
"Maternal Fathers; or, the Power of Sympathy: Phillis Wheatley’s Poem to and Correspondence with 'His Excellency General Washington,'” Literature in the Early American Republic (LEAR) 6, forthcoming.
“Place Attachment, Southern Reconstruction, and the Great Northern Migration in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Sport of the Gods,” (under review).
“Analeptic Sublime: Land Attachment and Embodied Cognition in Joel Tyler Headley’s Adirondack; or, Life in the Woods.”
“ ‘…never sullied by the dust of the ground,’ The Humming Bird; or Herald of Taste: Print Culture and Female Editorship in the Early American Republic.”
“Transmogrification and the Decomposing Self in Charles Brockden Brown’s Arthur Mervyn.”
State University of New York, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
College Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Student Services Award for Teaching Excellence.