Assistant Teaching Professor of Core Literature
Office: C5-H Tribble Hall
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Kenyon College
Areas of Interest
- U.S. Literature and Culture
- Literature & Science
- History of Science
- Herman Melville
- Meteorology, Climate, and Storms
- Melville’s Ontology (under advance contract, Northwestern UP).
- Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn (edited collection, one contract offer received).
Selected Publications and Work-in-Progress
- “Melville and the Materialist Turn,” The New Melville, ed. Cody Marrs, Cambridge UP (manuscript solicited).
- “Melville and Meteorology: Three Ways of Looking at a Vortex” (under review).
- “A Natural History of Intellect?” Approaches to Teaching Emerson’s Essays and Other Works, ed. Long and Meehan, New York: Modern Language Association, December 2017.
- “‘Death Trellised Life’: Melville and the Model of Early Organic Chemistry,” Arizona Quarterly, Winter 2017.
- “Herman Melville and Joseph Henry at the Albany Academy; or, Melville’s Education in Mathematics and Science,” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, June 2016.
- American Philosophical Society (2013)
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2014)
- Bakken Museum of Electricity (2014)
- Chemical Heritage Foundation (2015)
- Melville Society (2016)
Courses at Wake Forest
- ENG 150: Literary and Scientific Methods: the U.S. Nineteenth Century
- ENG 175: Detectives and Detection: U.S. Fiction 1841-Present
- ENG 175: American Literature: Race, Heredity, and Genetics (with Lisa Klarr)
- ENG 275: American Literature: Introduction to the Major
Recent and Upcoming Talks
- “Human Structures,” Seminar on Melville and the Non-Human World (Melville Society, London, June 2017)
- Respondent to panel on “Melville and the Mind” (Melville Society, London, June 2017)
- “Melville’s Education in Science?” Roundtable on Melville and Biography (Melville Society, London, June 2017)
- “‘Death Trellised Life’: Melville and the Model of Early Organic Chemistry” (SLSA, Houston, November 2015)
- Respondent to roundtable on “Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn” (MLA, Austin, January 2016)
- “Atmospheric Ahab,” roundtable on “Melville and the Materialist Turn“ (C19, State College March 2016)