My research interests and publications primarily employ the psycho-social paradigm of attachment theory, drawing on topics considering parenting, gender, race, class, and ethnicity and their relationship to human-to-human, human-to-place, and human-to-animal bonding in literature. I also have several publications that engage archival research and provide a lens through which to consider the evolution of literary history and how certain authors and/or texts resonate long after their heyday.
Broadly conceived, my teaching interests encompass the field of American literature from the seventeenth through the early twentieth century. I teach courses and have published books, journal articles, and essays that focus on Puritan poetics, literature of the early American Republic, prominent and lesser-known antebellum literary figures, trans-Atlantic writers who span the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and American realist and naturalist novels.
- Gendered Ecologies: Transnational Women Writers and Material Space, 1796-1939, co-edited with Dewey W. Hall (Clemson University Press, forthcoming summer 2019).
- Attachment, Place, and Otherness in Nineteenth Century American Literature: New Materialist Representations (Routledge/Taylor Francis, 2018).
- 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 Project)
- "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).
- “Gendered Vistas: Ecological Binaries in Susan Fenimore Cooper's Rural Hours and Celia Thaxter’s Among the Isles of Shoals,” in Gendered Ecologies and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. Eds. Jillmarie Murphy & Dewey W. Hall, Clemson University Press, forthcoming summer 2019.
- “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.
Research and teaching awards:
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)