Office: C5-C Tribble Hall
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Summer 2015)
MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Kenyon College
Areas of Interest
- U.S. Literature and Culture
- Literature & Science
- Systems & Networks
- Herman Melville
- Meteorology, Climate, and Storms
Courses at Wake Forest
- ENG 150: Detectives and Detection: U.S. Fiction 1841-Present
- ENG 150: Literary and Scientific Methods: the U.S. Nineteenth Century
- ENG 175: American Literature: Race, Heredity, and Genetics (with Lisa Klarr)
Selected Publications and Work in Progress
- Melville’s Ontology (under advance contract, Northwestern UP).
- Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn (edited collection, under development).
- “A Natural History of Intellect?” Approaches to Teaching Emerson’s Essays and Other Works (forthcoming, Modern Language Association)
- “Herman Melville and Joseph Henry at the Albany Academy; or, Melville’s Education in Science” (forthcoming, Leviathan)
- “Herman Melville, Joseph Henry, and the Smithsonian,” Smithsonian Connect (February 2015).
- “‘This Registers the Amount of Your Purchase’: The Price of Expectation,” Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction: Volume on Stephen Crane (Fall 2007).
- American Philosophical Society (2013)
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2014)
- Bakken Museum of Electricity (2014)
- Chemical Heritage Foundation (2015)
- “Before the Research University: The Development of Academic Disciplines” (ACLA, Seattle, March 2015).
- “Organic Melville: On Literary and Chemical Forms” (Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, April 2015).
- “What Was American Literature?” (Futures of American Studies Institute, Hanover, June 2015).
- “Introduction to Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn,” Roundtable with Branka Arsić, Jennifer Fleissner, Donald Pease, and Michael Snediker (MLA, Austin, January 2016).