Associate Professor of English
- Address: 247 English
- Telephone: 217-244-7946
- Email: email@example.com
PhD. University of Chicago; MA Stanford University; BA Xavier University of Louisiana
I teach advanced and survey courses in American and African American literature. I also teach discovery courses for new students that incorporate different forms of media like newspapers, television shows (cartoons and sketch comedy), and contemporary fiction.
American and African American Literature; The Idea of Black Culture; The American Novel after 1850; Slavery in the Atlantic World; Media Aesthetics
- Melville and the Idea of Blackness: Race and Imperialism in Nineteenth Century America. New York: Cambridge, 2012.
- Black Aesthetics and Inner Life. 2017.
- "Walt Whitman, James Weldon Johnson and the Violent Paradox of U.S. Progress." Whitman Noir. University of Iowa Press, 2014.
- "James Baldwin and the Unhistoric Life of Race." South Atlantic Quarterly 112.Spring (2013):
- "Teaching Literature and the Bitter Truth about Starbucks." Profession (2012):
- "Chasing Slavery's Ghosts ." American Literary History . 2015.
- "Baldwin and the Occasion of Love." The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Rev. of Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative TraditionAmerican Literature 74.3 (2002): 638-640.
- Rev. of Freedom's Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940; The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade, comp. Laura Doyle. American Literature 81.3 (2009): 613-615.
- Rev. of Modernism, Race, and ManifestoesModern Fiction Studies 57.1 (2011): 185-187.
- Rev. of African Culture and Melville's Art Leviathan (2014):
Works in Progress
- Slavery and the Idea of Black Culture (book) Melville and Black Performance (essay)