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Selected Articles

  • “ ‘I Rose’: Power, Property and the Performance of Manhood in the Slave’s Narrative,” The Oxford Handbook to Slave Narratives, ed. John Ernest, (Oxford Univ Press, 2013), pp. 260-276.
  • "Violence and Manhood in Douglass’s Civil War,” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, ed. Maurice Lee, (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009), pp 73-88.
  • “Print, Prosthesis, Impersonation: Toni Morrison’s Jazz and the Limits of American Literary History,” American Literary History 20.4. Special Issue (Winter 2008): 794-806.



  • "Literally: How to Speak Like an Absolute Knave" (PMLA, 2018)
  • “The Poetics of Materialism” (SEL 2014).
  • “Milton’s ‘Unoriginal’ Voice: Quotation Marks in Paradise Lost” (Modern Philology 2014)
  • “The Dream of a Literal World: Wilkins, Hobbes, Marvell” (ELH 2014)
  • “Hobbes’s Leviathan: A Tale of Two Bodies” (The Seventeenth Century 2013)
  • “Monism and Metaphor in Paradise Lost” (Milton Studies 2011)



  • “Developmental Networks for Novice College Writing Instructors.” (with C. Paine and J. Seitz) In Dominguez, N. & Gandert, Y. (Eds.). 7th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Developmental Networks: Mentoring & Coaching at Work. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico. 2014.  
  • “Commonsense and Theory in the Teaching of Composition Teachers.” College Composition and Communication. (December 2008).


Recent Lectures & Publications

  • “In Another Dress: Teaching, Aging, and Productive Pedagogical Tension.” Special Issue of Literacy in Composition Studies, forthcoming 2018.
  • "Inventing the Writing Program: How to Name What We Do When, However Old, It's New." Association of Departments of English Bulletin, forthcoming 2018.
  • “Alternative Writing Assignments.” Washington and Lee University.  Lexington VA: August 26, 2016.
  • “Unconventional Writing Instruction.” Millsaps College.  Jackson, MS: October 27, 2016.



  • “Bilbao,” TriQuarterly 132 (2008)
  • “Mary M.,” Five Points (Winter 2006)
  • “The Plant Hunter,” Seed Magazine (July/August 2004)

Essays and reviews:

  • "But I've Got Ovid," Virginia Quarterly Review (Summer 2016)
  • "Ancient Narrative Now," Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 23.2 (Fall 2015)
  • "Catoptrica" Studies in Literary Imagination (Fall 2016)



Recent and Upcoming Appearances:



Selected Fellowships and Grants


Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. 2016-2017.

Inaugural Graduate Fellow. Power, Violence, and Inequality Collective. University of Virginia. 2016-2017.

Fellow. Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures. University of Virginia. 2016-2017.

Buckner W. Clay Grant, to support an interdisciplinary symposium titled “The Global Contemporary.” Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures. University of Virginia. March 2016.


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