Feminist Theory, Attachment Theory, Neomaterialism; Literature of the Early American Republic; Realism and Naturalism; Trans-Atlantic Nineteenth Century Novel
- Gendered Ecologies: New Materialist Interpretations of Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century, co-edited with Dewey W. Hall (Clemson University Press, 2020).
- Attachment, Place, and Otherness in Nineteenth Century American Literature: New Materialist Representations (Routledge/Taylor Francis, 2018, reprinted 2020).
- Monstrous Kinships: Realism and Attachment Theory in the Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Novel (University of Delaware Press, 2011).
- Hawthorne in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections,Interviews, and Memoirs by His Family, Friends, and Associates, with Ronald A. Bosco. (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2008).
(Current Book Projects)
- Women and the Environment in the Long-Nineteenth Century, 4 Volumes. Under contract with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, forthcoming 2023.
- The Politics of Human-to-Animal Attachments in Trans-Atlantic Literary Naturalism.
(Peer-reviewed Journal Articles)
- “Analeptic Sublime: Recuperative Forces in Joel Tyler Headley’s Adirondack; or Life in the Woods (1849),” in Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies(AJES) 22 (Spring 2018).
- “The Humming Bird; or Herald of Taste (1798): Periodical Culture and Female Editorship in the Early American Republic,” in American Periodicals: A Journal of History & Criticism (Spring 2016): 44-69.
- “Maternal Fathers; or, the Power of Sympathy: Phillis Wheatley’s Poem to “His Excellency General Washington.’” Literature in the Early American Republic(LEAR) 6 (2014).
- “Chains of Emancipation: Place Attachment and the Great Northern Migration in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Sport of the Gods,” Studies in American Naturalism 8.2 (winter 2013)
- "Beyond the Binary: Transforming Ecologies in Susan Fenimore Cooper's Rural Hours and Celia Thaxter’s Among the Isles of Shoals,” in Gendered Ecologies: New Materialist Interpretations of Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century. Eds. Jillmarie Murphy & Dewey W. Hall, Clemson University Press, 2020, 139-155.
- “The Politics of Place Attachment and the Laboring Body in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” in Victorian Ecocriticism: The Politics of Place and Early Environmental Justice. Ed. Dewey Hall, Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield Books, (2017).
- “Emerson as a National Icon,” in Emerson in Context, edited by Wesley T. Mott, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- “New England Poetry,” in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature, edited by Kevin J. Hayes, Oxford University Press, 2008, with Ronald A. Bosco.
- Ashley Barnes, Love and Depth in the American Novel: From Stowe to James, in Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, vol. 47, no. 1, 2021.
Maine Women Writers Collection Research Grant, University of New England (2017)
Byron A. Nichols Endowed Fellowship for Faculty Development (2016-2018)
Helen F. Faust Women Writers Research Travel Award, Eberly Family Special Collections, Penn State University (2016)
Faculty Member of the Year, Union College Greek Award (2015)
Thoreau Society Short-Term Research Fellowship (2015)
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Assistant Professor (2012-2013)
State University of New York, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007)