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  • “Conjuring the Superstitions of a Nation: Magic and Memory in Huckleberry Finn” (under submission)
  • “The Gothic Grapevine: Teaching Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales as Gothic Fiction” Approaches to Teaching Charles W. Chesnutt, ed. Susanna Ashton and Bill Hardwig (forthcoming)
  • “The Terrain of Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales.” Chesnutt, Charles, The Conjure Stories, ed. Robert Stepto and Jennifer Greeson (New York: Norton, 2011), 149-164.   

Select Conference Presentations

  • “’Honor bright’: Legacies of Mark Twain and the Honor Code at a Southern University” Mark Twain Conference, Elmira, NY, August 2013
  • “Unruly Eyeballs: Nat Turner, Emerson, and the Body Politic in Poe’s ‘A Predicament’” Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe Conference, Florence, Italy, June 2012
  • “An Undiscovered Country: Transnational Spirits and National Amnesia in Pauline Hopkins’s Of One Blood” American Literature Association, San Francisco, May 2012
  • “Conjured Nostalgia: Mary Alicia Owen and the Imperial Nostalgia of the Conjure Tale” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, State College, PA, May 2010
  • “Staging the ‘Victories’ of Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The Antebellum Politics of a Happy Ending” Northeast Modern Language Association, Montreal, April 2010
  • “The Snake Skin Episode: Magic and Memory in Huckleberry Finn” Mark Twain Conference, Elmira, NY, August 2009
  • “’Back from Recollection’s Vaults’: Disney’s Huck Finn and the Ritual of Forgetting” American Literature Association, San Francisco, May 2008
  • “The Declaration of William Wells Brown: Naming Jefferson and Self-Naming in Clotel” Modern Language Association, Chicago, December 2007

Awards and Honors

  • Postdoctoral Lectureship, University of Virginia, Department of English, 2014-2015
  • Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship, UVA Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2012-2013
  • Summer Research and Travel Grant, University of Virginia Department of English, 2007-2013
  • Commonwealth Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2005-2010
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Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2014
B.A., College of William and Mary, 2004

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