Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: C5-H Tribble Hall
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Fall 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)
- ENG 175: Literary and Scientific Methods: the U.S. Nineteenth Century
- Melville’s Ontology (under advance contract, Northwestern UP).
- Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn (edited collection, contributors selected).
Selected Publications and Work-in-Progress
“Melville and Meteorology: Three Ways of Looking at a Vortex” (under review).
- “‘Death Trellised Life’: Melville and the Model of Early Organic Chemistry” (manuscript solicited, Arizona Quarterly, Special Issue on Biopolitics).
- “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 Mathematics and Science” (forthcoming, Leviathan).
- American Philosophical Society (2013)
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries (2014)
- Bakken Museum of Electricity (2014)
- Chemical Heritage Foundation (2015)
Recent and Upcoming Talks
- “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).
“Melville and the Model of Early Organic Chemistry,” (Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Houston, November 2015).
- “Introduction to Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn,” Roundtable with Branka Arsić, Jennifer Fleissner, Donald Pease, Geoffrey Sanborn, and Michael Snediker (MLA, Austin, January 2016).