Assistant Professor of English
PhD, University of Chicago
Early American literature and culture; print culture and media; American religious history; art history and visual culture; theories of space and place; the American West.
- "Evangelical Space: The Oxbow, Religious Print, and the Moral Landscape in America." American Art 28.3 (Fall 2014): 52-75.
- "'So far heathen': Thoreau, the Missionary Memoir, and Walden's Cosmic Modernity." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 59.4 (2013): 618-61.
- "The Evangelical Press, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Human Medium." Arizona Quarterly 69. 2 (Summer 2013): 25-54.
- "Emerson's Geographical Imagination: Private Journeys of Grief and Healing through the American Landscape." Nineteenth-Century Prose 30 (2003): 102-135.
Articles for a General Readership
- "Sliding into History," Montana Quarterly 13.4 (Winter 2017): 38-47.
- "Housebreaking." Montana Quarterly 11. 3 (Fall 2015): 60-65.
"Apocalyptic Geographies: Religion, Literature, and the American Landscape, 1820-1860"
My book investigates how the rise of mass print influenced antebellum conceptions of space and transformed the ways readers saw themselves, their communities, and distant others. I argue that Protestant evangelicals used print to produce a modern form of sacred space that profoundly shaped antebellum culture. This "evangelical space" changes our understanding of some of the period's most iconic works of literature and art; more broadly, it unsettles the master narratives we use to talk about nineteenth-century America, including secularization and Manifest Destiny.
Selected Courses Taught
- Environmental Literature in an Age of Extinction (Eng 28A)
- The Great American Picture Book (Eng 110B)
- The American Renaissance (ENG 6a)
- Reading the American Revolution (ENG 146a)
- Frontier Visions: The West in American Literature and Culture (ENG 47a)
- American Literary Geographies (ENG 247a)
- Religion and Literature (ENG 250a)