Associate Professor of English
- Address: 247 English
- Telephone: 217-244-7946
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD. University of Chicago (2006); MA Stanford University (1996); BA Xavier University of Louisiana (1995)
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 and Diaspora; The American Novel after 1850; Slavery in the Atlantic World; History of Ideas
- Melville and the Idea of Blackness: Race and Imperialism in Nineteenth Century America. New York: Cambridge, 2012.
- "Walt Whitman, James Weldon Johnson and the Violent Paradox of U.S. Progress." Whitman Noir. Ed. Ivy Wilson. University of Iowa Press, 2013.
- "James Baldwin and the Unhistoric Life of Race." South Atlantic Quarterly 112.Spring (2013):
- "Teaching Literature and the Bitter Truth about Starbucks." Profession (2012):
- 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.
Works in Progress
- Black Writers in the Ruins of History (book manuscript)
- James Baldwin and the Idea of America (book manuscript)
- The Lumbee and the Black Literary Archive (journal article)