1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences




  • 2008-              Director, Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies
  • 2000-              Alice Griffin Professor of English
  • 9/91-2000       Professor, Department of English, University of Virginia
  • 9/87-9/91       Associate Professor of English
  • 1/89-5/89       Visiting Professor of English, Duke University
  • 12/84-5/87     Associate Professor, Department of English, Colby College. Tenured December, 1984



  • “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).


Chapters in Anthologies

  • “Looking for Lionel: Making Whiteness and Blackness in All In The Family and The Jeffersons” in African Americans on Television Race-ing for Ratings. Eds. David J. Leonard and Lisa A. Guerrero. Praeger: 2013, pages 45-68.


  • “I Want To Do Bad Things With You: HBO’s True Blood and Allegories of Miscegenation” Special issue of South Carolina Review, The Spectral South. Summer 2014.



  • “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).


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