Assistant Teaching Professor of Core Literature
Faculty Affiliate, Energy, Environment, & Sustainability
Office: C5-H Tribble Hall
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)
BA, Kenyon College (2005)
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 University Press)
- Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn (under contract, University of Minnesota Press)
- “Melvillean Materialisms,” Special Issue of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies (under development with Michael Jonik).
- “Introduction: Rethinking Ahab,” Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn, edited by Meredith Farmer and Jonathan Schroeder, University of Minnesota, forthcoming 2019.
- “‘Death Trellised Life’: Melville and the Model of Early Organic Chemistry,” Arizona Quarterly, forthcoming 2019.
- “A Natural History of Intellect?” Approaches to Teaching Emerson’s Essays and Other Works, ed. Long and Meehan, New York: Modern Language Association, September 2018.
- “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.
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2019)
- New Bedford Whaling Museum (2016)
- Chemical Heritage Foundation (2015)
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2014)
- Bakken Museum of Electricity (2014)
- American Philosophical Society (2013)
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
- Melville’s Education in Mathematics & Science; or, the Outside of the Cold War Frame (MLA, Chicago, January 2019)
- The Confidence-Man in the age of social media (MLA, Chicago, January 2019)
- Chair and organizer of panel on “Understanding Academic Freedom” (MLA, Chicago, January 2019)
- Melville’s Hurricane; or, How to Emerge from Emergency (ASA, Atlanta, November 2018)
- Chair and respondent to panel on “Melville and the Anthropocene” (ALA, San Francisco, May 2018)
- “Natural Humans, Arbitrary Persons, and Expatriated White Jackets” (C19, Albuquerque, March 2018)
- “Data,” Seminar on C19 Environmental Humanities (C19, Albuquerque, March 2018)