I teach and study American literature, with a particular interest in the methods of literary sociology. I earned my PhD in English from Stanford University, and before coming to Harvard I worked as a visiting assistant professor at Wesleyan University.
I’ve written about disgust as a literary mode, secret societies in Progressive Era literature, the history of college football, and fictional scenes where characters are self-consciously not reading. I’m currently completing a book manuscript, Schools of Fiction, which argues that the institutionalization of literature enabled the expansion and consolidation of the modern educational system in the United States. My work has appeared in New Literary History, Modern Language Quarterly, NOVEL, Modernism/Modernity Print Plus, and n+1 online.