Office: Keezell 222
Office Hours: MWF 12:00-1pm
Courses: Spring 2016
Eng 260: Survey of African American Literature (with Courtney Swartzentruber)
Eng 302: Special Topics in Literature and Language
Eng 362: African American Poetry
African American Literature, American Literature, Race and Ethnicity Studies,Gender and
Sexuality Studies, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Material Culture
Ph.D., English , University of Chicago, 2010
B.A., English, Reed College, 2001
Center for Instructional Technology Seed Grant, 2015
Center for Faculty Innovation Engaged Teacher-Scholar Leader, 2015-2016
Innovative Diversity Effort Award Program Grant, 2015-2016
Center for Instructional Technology Seed Grant, 2014
Maine Humanities Council Community Outreach Grant, 2012
Harward Center Faculty Award for Outstanding New Community Partnership Initiative,
Bates College, 2012
Harward Center Grant for Publicly Engaged Academic Projects, Bates College, 2010–
Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Teaching Fellowship, University of
Blair Dissertation-Year Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2007–2008
Norman Maclean Teaching Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2006–2007
Century Scholarship, University of Chicago, 2003–2007
“Of One Blood: Humanism, Race, and Gender in Post-Reconstruction Law and
Literature,” CLA Journal (forthcoming 2016).
Review essay on Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism by Amber Jamilla
Musser (New York UP, 2014), ALH Online Review Series V (forthcoming January 2016).
“Making African American History in the Classroom: The Pedagogy of Processing
Under-Valued Archives,” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature,
Language, Composition, and Culture 15.3 (forthcoming 2016).
“‘White-Life’ Literature Reconsidered,” review essay on Abandoning the Black Hero:
Sympathy and Privacy in the Postwar African American White-Life Novel by John C. Charles (Rutgers UP, 2012), Twentieth-Century Literature 60.3 (Fall 2014): 397-404.
"Rewriting White, Rewriting Black: Authentic Humanity and Authentic Blackness in Nella Larsen's 'Sanctuary,'" MELUS 38.4 (Winter 2013): 122–145.
"'They ain't human': John Steinbeck, Proletarian Fiction, and the Racial Politics of 'The
People,'" MFS Modern Fiction Studies 59.1 (Spring 2013): 107-34.
The Neo-Passing Narrative (book project under review)
“Passing for Post-Racial: Erasure and The Human Stain” (article project)
Black Humanisms: Race and Recognition in Segregation-Era Fiction (book project)
“Zora Neale Hurston: The Inspiration Behind Moses(es),” invited roundtable panelist,
International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT, June 2014.
“Teaching Twain: Race, Science, and Law in Pudd’nhead Wilson,” invited talk for
Bates College Alumni event at the Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut, April 2013.
“Making African American History: Preserving the Archives of the Portland NAACP,” invited talk for the Portland NAACP Executive Committee, Portland, Maine, May 2012.
“Students Make History: Preserving the Archives of the Portland NAACP,” invited talk at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Bates College, March 2012.
“Steinbeck’s Propaganda for the People,” invited presentation for the Reproduction of
Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, University of Chicago, November 2009.
“Hurston, McKay and the Humanizing of the ‘Folk,’” invited presentation for the American Cultures Workshop, University of Chicago, February 2007.
Selected Conference Presentations:
“Making African American History in the Classroom,” MELUS Conference, Athens, Georgia, April 2015.
“Black Optimism and Afro-Pessimism: The Politics of Pleasure and Pain in the
African American Canon” chair and panelist, MLA Convention, Vancouver, January 2015.
“Making African American History in the Classroom,” African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture conference, Madison on September 2014.
"Sheep, Rats, and Jungle Beasts: Native Son beyond Left and Liberal,” American
Literature Association, Washington DC, May 2014.
“Race in Neoliberalism’s Televisual Imagination” roundtable panelist, MLA Convention, Chicago, Illinois, January 2014.
“Passing for Post-Racial: Political Correctness and The Human Stain,” ASA Annual
Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 2013.
"Pan-Africanism, Liberalism, and Black Nationalism: Brown Girl, Brownstones at the
Crossroads," MELUS Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2013.
“Rewriting the Bildungsroman: Paule Marshall, Transnationalism, and Transcendence,” ASA Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2012.
“Of One Blood: Between Race and the Human Race in Post-Reconstruction Politics,” C19 Biennial Conference, Berkeley, California, April 2012.
“Invisible Women: Race, Gender, and Sociology in Postwar African American Fiction, ”
NeMLA Convention, Rochester, New York, March 2012.
“Mankind, Manhood, and the Protest Fiction Debate,” ASA Annual Meeting, Baltimore,
Maryland, October 2011.
“Authentically Human: Universalist Humanism and the Harlem Renaissance,” Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 2011.
“Particularity, Universality and the Problem of Plagiarism,” College English
Association—Caribbean Chapter (CEA—CC) Annual Spring Conference, University of Puerto Rico—Arecibo, March 2008.