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  • "Enlightenment, Some Assembly Required," essay co-authored with Chad Wellmon, The Eighteenth Centuries (book chapter, U.Va. Press, forthcoming). Preprint
  • "The Enlightenment Index," co-authored with Chad Wellmon, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 56:3 (Fall, 2015): 359-382.



  • “Loving the Other in 1970s Harlem: Race, Space, and Place in Aaron Loves Angela,” symploke, Vol. 18, Nos. 1-2 (2010).
  • “Harlem’s Pasts in its Present,” for Politics, Publics, Personhood: Ethnography at the Limits of Neoliberalism, ed. Carol Greenhouse, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (2009).
  • “Interdisciplinarity and Historical Encounter of the Americas,” with Heidi Tinsman, LASA Forum 36:2 (Fall 2005).


Essays in Volumes

  • “Beyond the Closet as Raceless Paradigm.”  In Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology.  Ed. E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson.  Duke University Press, 2005.  161-189.
  • “The New Negro Displayed: Self-Ownership, Proprietary Sites/Sights and the Bonds/Bounds of Race.”  In Claiming the Stones/Naming the Bones: Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity.  Ed. Elazar Barkan and Ronald Bush.  Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2002.  259-301.



  • “Pioneering American Fiction: James Fenimore Cooper,” in Cambridge Companion to American Novelists, ed. Timothy Parrish, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2012).
  • “Mark Twain and His Times,” in Mark Twain: Critical Insights, ed. Ken Rasmussen (Salem Press, 2010)
  • “Readapting Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction on Screen (ed. Barton Palmer, Cambridge Univ. Press,  2007).
  • “The Twain-Cable Connection,” A Companion to Mark Twain (ed. Budd and Messent, Blackwell, 2006).


Other Publications

  • Founding editor and former columnist, Military History magazine.
  • Founding editor, World War II magazine.
  • Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Star and Richmond News-Leader.
  • Short fiction published in Yankee, Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, Cats magazines.


Recent Articles

  • "Form," Victorian Literature and Culture (forthcoming).
  • "Literature and Information," PMLA 130.3 (May 2015): 673-678
  • “Some Versions of Form,” in A Companion to the English Novel, ed. Stephen Arata, J. Paul Hunter, and Jennifer Wicke (Blackwell, 2015): 192-208.
  • “George Meredith,” Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, ed. Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes (Blackwell, 2015).


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