I am an Associate Professor of English and Affiliate of American Studies at Miami University of Ohio, where I teach early American literature, culture, and environment. I also co-chair the American Cultures Seminar, an interdisciplinary research cluster supported by Miami’s Humanities Center.
I am the author of Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), and my essays have been published in American Literature, Early American Literature, and Early American Studies. Currently I am at work on a second book, Coral in Early American Literature, Science, and Culture. My research has been supported by long-term fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2017-2018), the Library of Congress (2013-2014), and the Huntington Library (2012-2013), and short-term fellowships from the John Carter Brown Library, Newberry Library, and Library Company of Philadelphia. Before joining the faculty at Miami, I taught at Texas Tech University. I received my B.A. in English from Boston University and my Ph.D. in Literature from UC Irvine.