- Ph.D. (2007), University of Illinois
- B.A. (1997), M.A. (2000), University of Alabama
- modern and contemporary American poetry
- American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present
- lyric theory
- critical and cultural theory
- “‘Inexhaustible Splendor’: Thylias Moss, Praise Poetry, and Racial Politics.” Forthcoming in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.
- “‘We fathom you not – we love you’: Walt Whitman’s Social Ontology and Radical Democracy,” Criticism 56.4: (2014): 761-780. Print.
- “Interrogating the ‘Egotistical Sublime’: Keats and Dickinson Near the Dawn of Lyricization?” The Emily Dickinson Journal 22.1 (2013): 53-73. Print.
- “Beyond the Cheated Eye: Dickinson’s Lyric Sociality.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 65.1 (2010): 38-64. Print.
- “‘Complexities Which Will Remain Complexities’: The Environmentalist Epistemology of Marianne Moore’s ‘An Octopus.'” Paideuma 33.2,3 (2004): 3-27. Print.
- Reprint of “The Betrayal of Pragmatism?: Rorty’s Quarrel with James.” Pragmatism. Ed. Alan Malachowski. Vol. 3. London: Sage Publications, 2004: 195-204. Print
- “The Betrayal of Pragmatism?: Rorty’s Quarrel with James.” Philosophy and Literature. 24.1 (2000): 83-95. Print.
Work in Progress:
- Unlimited Eligibility: Radical Democracy and the American Lyric (book manuscript)
Whether the focus of a class is broad or narrow, for first-year or for graduate students, I hope to establish a sense of mutual trust. This trust is built by communicating in conversation, class discussion, or comments on papers that though I am here to teach texts I have read multiple times, I am eager to continue to learn alongside students who approach these texts for the first time. After all, if I want students to risk rethinking their preconceptions, then so should I. This makes it possible to establish lines of inquiry that encourage students not only to appreciate the art of literature but to feel comfortable enough to explore how they are implicated by its history and discursive practices. It is this difficult reflection about self and culture that generates both great research in the classroom and an enriching sense of literature’s relevance in the wider world.
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