Professional Appointments

Associate Professor of English and Affiliate of American Studies, Miami University of Ohio, 2014 to present
Assistant Professor of English, Texas Tech University, 2009-2014


Ph.D., English, University of California, Irvine, 2009
M.A., English, University of California, Irvine, 2004
B.A., English, summa cum laude, Boston University, 2001


Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press
2018). Winner of the 2019 Rembert Patrick Award and the 2019 Stetson Kennedy Award from the Florida
Historical Society.

Peer-reviewed essays

"Antebellum Coral." American Literature 91.2 (2019): 263-293.
"Island Nation: Mapping Florida, Revising America." Early American Studies 11.2 (2013): 243-271.
"Liquid Landscape: Possession and Floridian Geography." Early American Literature 47.1 (2012): 89-114.

other essays

“Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Florida Home.” FORUM: The Magazine of the Florida Humanities Council. (forthcoming,
Fall 2019).
Gulf of Knowledge: The Hidden Scientific History of the Early American Southeast.” Book review essay,
Cameron B. Strang’s Frontiers of Science: Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands,
1500-1850 (UNC Press, 2018). Southern Spaces
(May 2019).
Coral, Labor, Slavery, and Silence in the Archives.” Age of Revolutions, “Revolutionary Material Cultures” Essay
Series (April 22, 2019).
"A Book Full of Seaweed." Huntington Frontiers Magazine. (Spring/Summer 2018): 8-12.

selected Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2017-2018)
Library Company of Philadelphia / Historical Society of PA, Mellon Foundation Short-Term Fellowship (April 2018)
Newberry Library, Jack Miller Center Short-Term Fellowship (March 2018)
John Carter Brown Library, Charles H. Watts Memorial Short-Term Fellowship (July - August 2017)
Summer Research Grant for New Tenure-Track Faculty, Miami University (Summer 2015)
Kislak Fellowship in American Studies, Kluge Center, Library of Congress (2013-2014)
Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowship, Huntington Library (2012-2013)
Barra Dissertation Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies (2008-2009)
UC Regents Dissertation Fellowship, UC Irvine (2008-2009)

Recent Invited Presentations

Book Talk for Liquid Landscape. Boca Raton Public Library Sunday Speaker Series, October 2018.
“Antebellum Coral.” UCLA, Americanist Research Colloquium, Los Angeles, May 2018.
“Harriet Beecher Stowe in Florida.” Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, April 2018.
“The Edge of America: Landscape and National Identity in Early American Florida.” Library of Congress, Kluge
Center – Kluge Fellows Lecture Series, Washington, D.C., April 2014.

selected interviews

Reader Spotlight: Michele Navakas on the Cultural History of Coral,” The Library Company Blog (May 2019).
America’s Erstwhile Coral Obsession,” Shelf Life, a Newberry Library Podcast, Chicago, IL (April 2018).
Interview on Liquid Landscape, Ideasphere with Guy Rathbun, KCBX (NPR), San Luis Obispo, CA (October 2017).
A Brief History of Florida’s Landscape,” Gulf Coast Live with Julie Glenn, WGCU (NPR), Fort Myers, FL (October

Recent Conference Presentations

“Early American Coral.” Association for the Study of Literature & Environment, Davis, June 2019.
“Recovered Affinities.” American Comparative Literature Association, Washington, D.C., March 2019.
“‘The Coral Insect Lives.’” The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Abuquerque, March 2018.
“Antebellum Coral.” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Raleigh, July 2015.
Florida at the Margins.” Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture / Society of Early
, Chicago, June 2015.
“Coral.” The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, “Commons,” Chapel Hill, March 2014.

Full CV available upon request.