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Coordinator, Environmental Humanities Minor & Professor
Contact Info

Office: Keezell 415

Professor of English
Coordinator, Environmental Humanities Minor 

Spring 2024 Office Hours
M 3:15 - 4:15pm
W 4:00 - 5:00pm, and by appointment

Romantic-Era Literature, Anglophone Caribbean Literature, and Environmental Humanities

Ph.D., English, Duke University
M.A., English, Bucknell University
B.A., English, Lebanon Valley College


Robert Wedderburn, Abolition, and the Commons: Romanticism’s Black Geographies in the Cambridge Studies in Romanticism series, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming September 2024.

The Ecology of British Romantic Conservatism, 1790-1837, in the Palgrave Series on the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Cultures of Print, edited by Anne Mellor and Clifford Siskin. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Essays and Book Chapters

“‘She trafficked on her own account’: Black Women and Abolitionist Geographies in Robert Wedderburn’s Horrors of Slavery (1824) and History of Mary Prince (1831).” European Romantic Review 35.2 (forthcoming June 2024).

Co-authored with Alastair Hunt, Ron Broglio, and Mario-Ortiz Robles, “Romanticism’s Fellow Creatures.” European Romantic Review 34.3 (2023): 317-28.

“Provision Grounds Against the Plantation: Robert Wedderburn’s The Axe Laid to the Root (1817).” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 25.1 (2021): 15-27.

“Multispecies Work in John Clare’s ‘Birds Nesting’ Poems” in Palgrave Advances in John Clare Studies, edited by Simon Kövesi and Erin Lafford. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020: 179-197.

“William Cobbett, ‘Resurrection Man!’: the Peterloo Massacre and the Bones of Tom Paine,” in Commemorating Peterloo: Violence, Resilience, and Claim-making during the Romantic Era, edited by Michael Demson and Regina Hewitt. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2019: 183-204.

“Anthropomorphism in the Anthropocene: Reassembling Wildlife Management Data in Bear 71.” Environmental Humanities 10.1 (2018): 171-186.

“Moles, Molehills, and Common Right in John Clare’s Poetry.” Studies in Romanticism 56.2 (2017): 157-176.

“Cobbett’s Commons: Monastic Economies in History of the Protestant Reformation.” European Romantic Review 26.5 (2015): 575-590.

“Romantic Conservatism in Burke, Wordsworth, and Wendell Berry.” SubStance #125, 40.2 (2011): 73-91.

“Why linger at the yawning tomb so long?”: The Ethics of Negative Capability in Keats’s Isabella and Hyperion.” Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas. 8.1 (2010): 23-38.

“Feminism to Ecofeminism: The Legacy of Gilbert and Gubar’s Readings of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and The Last Man.”  The Madwoman in the Attic After Thirty Years, edited by Annette Federico. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009: 76-94.

“Burke’s Revolutionary Book’: Conservative Politics and Revolutionary Aesthetics in the Reflections.” Romanticism on the Net. 45 (2007).

“‘The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom’: Alternative Economies of Excess in Blake’s Continental Prophecies.” Papers on Language and Literature. 42.1 (2006): 3-24.

Public Humanities

“Food and Freedom in 19th-Century Jamaica,” Americas and Oceana Collections Blog, British Library, June 2022.

“Free the Land,” a discussion about my research on the enclosure of the commons. With Good Reason, aired on 126 public radio stations, July 16-18, 2021.


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