Curriculum Vitae

Harvard University
History & Literature
Harvard University. Lecturer in History & Literature. 2015-present.
University of Pennsylvania. Mellon Sawyer Fellow. 2013-14.
Ph.D. in English, Duke University, May 2015
       Dissertation: “Ground Plans: Conceptualizing Ecology in the Antebellum United States” 
       Committee: Priscilla Wald (director), Frederick Moten, Jedediah Purdy, Thomas Ferraro, Kathy Psomiades
M.A. in English, Pennsylvania State University, May 2009
B.A. in English, Cornell University, May 2006
distinction in all subjects
Ground Plans: Abolition and the Philosophy of Nature. Book manuscript in progress.
“Natural Historicity: David Walker, Race Theory, and Evolutionary Thought.” Under review.
Palgrave Handbooks of Literature and Science, Volume 5: Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Literature and Science.
         Member of editorial collective. In progress.
“Review Essay: Stephanie LeMenager’s Living Oil, Heather Houser’s Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction,
         and Raymond Malewitz’s The Practice of Misuse.” American Literature (Forthcoming, March 2016).
“Review Essay: Justine Murison’s Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and
        Andrea Williams’s Dividing Lines: Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction.” American Literature (December    
“Plants and the Problem of Authority in the Antebellum U.S. South.” In Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical
         Plant Studies. Ed. Randy Laist. Rodopi Press, 2013.
Instructor – Harvard University
      Hist & Lit 99: Senior Thesis Tutorial (fall 2015)
      Hist & Lit 90: Early American Environments (scheduled for spring 2016)
Instructor ­– Emerson College
      Literature 393: American Novel 1 (fall 2015)
Instructor – Rowan University
         English 101: Literary Studies for English Majors (methods and theory for majors, spring 2015)
         English 313: U.S. Literature to Realism (beginnings to 1865 survey for majors, fall 2014)
         English 393: American Wilderness (capstone seminar for majors and minors, fall 2014, spring 2015) 
Instructor – Duke University
         English 26: Bad Romance (elective for non-majors, fall 2012)
         Writing 20: Held Captive (required first-year writing course, spring 2012) 
Instructor – Pennsylvania State University
         English 15: Rhetoric and Composition (required first-year writing course, 2007-9)
2014-15        Research Associate, McNeil Center for Early American Studies (University of Pennsylvania)
2013-14        Mellon Sawyer Fellow in “Race, across Time and Space” seminar (University of Pennsylvania)
2014             Undergraduate Research Workshop Mentor (University of Pennsylvania)
2013             Stephen J. Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching (Duke)
2013-14        Domestic Dissertation Travel Award (Duke)
2012, 13       Conference Travel Grant (Duke)
2012             School for Criticism and Theory at Cornell Grant (Duke)
2011             Clinton Institute for American Studies at UC Dublin Grant (Duke)
2010             Futures of American Studies at Dartmouth Grant (Duke)
2008             Graduate Research Travel Award (Penn State)
2008             Public Writing Initiative Fellow (Penn State)
2006             Phi Beta Kappa (Cornell)
“The Writingest Explorers: William Wells Brown’s Literary Geographia.” Mellon Sawyer Symposium.
         University of Pennsylvania, November 2014.
“Harriet Jacobs’s Biosocial Life.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Harrisburg, 2014.
“Ecologies of the Freehold at Timbucto, New York.” C19. University of North Carolina, Chapel
         Hill, 2014.
“Networks.” Panel Chair and Respondent. Traces of Early America Conference. University of
         Pennsylvania, 2013.
“Tilling After Dark: Enslaved People’s Gardens in the U.S. South.” Earth Perfect Symposium.
         University of Delaware, 2013.
“Spoils, Just Spoiling: Janet Schaw’s Ecocritique.” South Atlantic MLA. Durham, 2012.
“Vault Ecologies: Poe and Allegory.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. Seattle,
“Children and Citizenship.” Panel Chair. American Studies Association. Baltimore, 2011.
“Lola Ridge and the Poetics of Anarchism.” Midwest MLA. Minneapolis, 2008.
Jedediah Purdy, researcher for After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene (2012)
Priscilla Wald, researcher for Human Being After Genocide (2011-12)
Leonard Tennenhouse, researcher for project on eighteenth-century transatlantic novel (2010)
2014             Undergraduate Research Workshop (University of Pennsylvania)
2013             Purdy Book Manuscript Workshop (Duke)
2012-13        Americanist Speaker Series Coordinator (Duke)
2011-13        Poetry Working Group (Duke)
2011-12        Graduate English Organization Elected Representative (Duke)
2011-12        Graduate Works-in-Progress Series Organizer (Duke)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
American Studies Association (ASA)
C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
French (read, speak), Spanish (read)