On leave Spring 2015
American Literature, American
Novel, Theater History, Performance Theory,
Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature,
Columbia University, 2004
M.Phil., English and Comparative Literature,
Columbia University, 2001
School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell
University, Summer 1998
M.A., English and Comparative Literature, University of Virginia, 1998
B.A., English (Honors),
University of Chicago, 1997
Research and Publications:
"Ontological Drift: Medical Discourse and Racial Embodiment in Robert Montgomery Bird's Sheppard Lee," ESQ (forthcoming).
Review of Karl M. Kippola, Acts of Manhood: The Performance of Masculinity on the
American Stage, 1825-1865 (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) in Nineteenth-Century
Theatre and Film 40:2 (Winter 2013): 139-141.
Pioneer Performances: Staging the Frontier. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
American Literature 86:2 (June 2014): 409-411.
American Quarterly 66:2 (June 2014): 453-463.
Comparative Drama 46:4 (Winter 2012): 560-562.
Great Plains Quarterly 33:1 (Winter 2013): 63-64.
Journal of American Studies 47:1 (February 2013): 273-275.
Modern Drama 56:3 (Fall 2013): 413-415.
Theatre Journal 66:1 (March 2014): 170-172.
"Minding the Body: Reading Melville's Body Language in Benito Cereno." Studies
in the Novel 41:2 (Summer 2009): 157-177.
"Thomas Dartmouth Rice." In American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia
of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History.
Ed. Gina Misiroglu. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2008.
"What is It?: The Frontier, Melodrama, and Boucicault's Amalgamated Drama." The
Journal of American Drama and Theatre 19:3 (Fall 2007): 5-33.
Review of Martin Puchner, Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the
Avant-Gardes (Princeton UP 2005) in Modern Drama 50:3 (Fall 2007): 465-7.
"Edwin Forrest's Redding Up: Elocution, Drama, and Performing the
Frontier." Comparative Drama 40:4 (Winter 2006-7): 455-81.
"Flaying Dutchman: Masochism, Minstrelsy, and the Gender Politics
Baraka's Dutchman," Callaloo 26:3 (Summer 2003): 796-812.
"'Incest is Best (When It's Kept in the Family)': Staging a Re-conceptualization
the Oedipal Family Matrix in Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive," Queen:
Journal of Rhetoric and Power 1:1 (2000).
Development Grant (for marketing campaign for MA program in English), The Graduate School, James Madison University, 2014
Visiting Scholar, American Antiquarian Society, 2013-2014
College of Arts and Letters Summer Research Fellowship, James Madison University, 2012
Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, James Madison University, 2012-2013
International Development Grant, Office of International Programs, James Madison
CIT Institute for Online Course Development Grant, James Madison University, 2011
NEH Summer Stipend Finalist, 2008-2009
Faculty Educational Leave, James Madison University, 2008-9
NEH Summer Stipend Finalist, James Madison Unviersity, 2007-2008
Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, College of Arts and Letters, 2007
Stanley J. Kahrl Fellowship in Theatre History, Harvard University, 2007
Mellon Dissertation Fellowship (2003-4)
Bunneur Award (2001)
Bradley Fund Grant (2001)
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (1998-2002)
Recent Presentations and Lectures :
"Muscle Memory: Theater History and Forrest’s Laboring Body,” Modern Language
Association (ATDS-sponsored panel), 2015.
"Melville’s Untimely Pleasures: The Temporality of Reading in Typee,” American Studies Association (SHARP-sponsored panel), 2014.
"Hawthorne’s Untimely: The Dialectic of Time in The House of the Seven Gables,”
Hawthorne in the Berkshires, Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, North Adams, MA, 2014.
"Ontological Drift: Medical Discourse and Racial Embodiment in Sheppard Lee,” American Literature Association, Washington, DC, 2014.
"Stomaching Literature: The Proto-Cognitive Turn in American Letters,” C19, Chapel Hill, NC, 2014.
"Billy’s Fist: Neural Science, Embodiment, and Melville’s Late Style,” American Literature Association, Boston, MA, 2013.
"Invasion of the Bodysnatchers: Bird, Poe, and the Art of Metempsychosis,” America
Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, 2012.