Conrad Humanities Scholar, Professor of English
- 247 English
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
African American Studies, American, later, Theory & Criticism
Work(s) in Progress
Emancipation Blues: Black Art and Culture 1940-1977 (book project) , "Urban Blight and Afro Pessimism" (article) , Slavery after Resistance and Social Death (book ms under review)
- Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life . Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017.
- 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. University of Iowa Press, 2014.
- "Unsettling Agency: Frederick Douglass's Heroic Slave." New North Star Spring/Summer.1 (2019): 9-17.
- "James Baldwin and the Unhistoric Life of Race." South Atlantic Quarterly 112.Spring (2013):
- "Teaching Literature and the Bitter Truth about Starbucks." Profession (2012):
- "Pip and the Sounds of Blackness." New Melville Studies. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019.
- "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 Philadephia Freedoms: Black American Trauma, Memory, and Culture after King, American Literary History series .V (2016):
- Rev. of African Culture and Melville's Art Leviathan (2014):
- Rev. of Modernism, Race, and ManifestoesModern Fiction Studies 57.1 (2011): 185-187.
- 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 Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative TraditionAmerican Literature 74.3 (2002): 638-640.