Office: Keezell 222
Office Hours: MWF 9:30-10:30am
Courses: Spring 2015
GEng 260: Survey of African American Literature
Eng 357: Contemporary American Fiction
Eng 408: Advanced Studies in African American Literature: Black Speculative Fiction
African American Literature, American Fiction, Race and Ethnicity Studies, Gender Studies, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Material Culture
Ph.D., English , University of Chicago, 2010
B.A., English, Reed College, 2001
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
Editorial Advisor for the Children’s Literature Review entry on The Grapes of Wrath (Gale Literature Collection, forthcoming).
"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.
A World More Human: Humanism, Posthumanism, and Race in the African American
Novel (book project).
Passing While “Post-Racial”: Performance and Identity Production in Neo-Passing
Narratives (co-edited volume).
"Of One Blood: Between Race and the Human Race in the Post-Reconstruction Politics of Pauline Hopkins" (article under review).
“Making African American History in the Classroom: The Pedagogy of Processing
Under-Valued Archives” (article under review).
“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.
“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.
"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.
"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.
“Making African American History: Preserving the Archives of the Portland NAACP, ” invited talk for the Portland NAACP Executive Committee, Portland, Maine, May 2012.
“Of One Blood: Between Race and the Human Race in Post-Reconstruction Politics,” C19 Biennial Conference, Berkeley, California, April 2012.
“Students Make History: Preserving the Archives of the Portland NAACP, ” invited talk at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Bates College, March 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.