Associate Professor of English
Chair of the English Department
At Berea College since 2011
Draper Building, 221B
Virtual office hours as requested by students.
Wed: 6 p.m. (at Berea College Track)
- ENG 200E A (Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri: 10 – 10:50 a.m.)
- B.A. Religion, Middlebury College, 1998
- M.A., English and American Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2004
- Ph.D. English and American Literature and American Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2009
Honors and Awards
- American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), New Faculty Fellowship 2011-2013 (declined)
- Council on Library and Information Research (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Humanists, Bryn Mawr College. 2009-2011.
- C. Hugh Holman Dissertation Award, presented by the Department of English at UNC-Chapel Hill to a graduate student who has completed the strongest work in American literature. Fall 2009.
- Evan Frankel Dissertation Completion Fellowship, awarded by the Department of English at UNC-Chapel Hill. Fall 2008.
- Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship, awarded by The Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill. Fall 2007.
- Laurence Avery Award for Outstanding Teaching in Literature by a Graduate Student, awarded by the Department of English at UNC-Chapel Hill. Fall 2007.
- C.S. Herschel Course Development Award, awarded by the Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill for excellence in course design. Spring 2007.
- NEMLA Graduate Student Travel Award, awarded by the New England Modern Language Association. Spring 2008.
Papers and Publications
- “‘What has the artist done about it?’: Jane Addams, Educational Reform, and the Work of Art.” In Romantic Education in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: National and Transatlantic Contexts, Edited by Monika Elbert and Lesley Ginsberg, Routledge (2015).
- “Dear Alma Mater: Women’s Epistolary Education in the Society to Encourage Studies at Home.” The New England Quarterly (December 2011).
- “Constructing Artist and Critic between J. M. Whistler and Oscar Wilde: ‘In the Best Days of Art There Were No Art Critics.’” English Literature in Transition 47, no. 2: (2004): 161-80.
- Editor-in-Chief, Offerings to Athena: 125 Years at Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010.
- Text Editor, Curse of Caste; or, The Slave Bride. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- “Extra-Curricular Interventions in a National Literature,” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, March 15, 2014.
- “Selected Memory at the Asylum,” Picturing the Nineteenth Century, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Annual Meeting. Lexington, Kentucky, March 24, 2012.
- “Renovated Memories: From Insane Asylum to Luxury Condo,” American Studies Association Annual Conference. Baltimore, Maryland, October 23, 2011.
- “Translating the Library: Academic Labor at the Interface,” Roundtable Participant. Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, January 6, 2011.
- “From the Outside In: Editing Institutional History at Bryn Mawr,” Invited lecture for emeritus faculty, February 4, 2010.
- “Spinning Solace in Jane Addams’ Hull-House Labor Museum.” American Studies Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 18, 2008.
- “Encounters in Epistolary Education: Anna Ticknor’s Society to Encourage Studies at Home, 1873-1897.” American Literature Association Meeting. San Francisco, May 25, 2008.
- “Texts and Contexts: Teaching Louisa May Alcott in the American Studies Classroom.” American Literature Association Meeting. San Francisco, May 24, 2008.
- “I Think It’s A Arrygory”: Learning to Read Rightly in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Men. NEMLA. Buffalo, April 12, 2008.
- Chair and Panelist. Paper: “Playing School: Louisa May Alcott and Paracurriculums.” Society for the Study of American Women’s Writing. Philadelphia, November 10, 2006.
- “Literature in Gestation: Antebellum Orations at the University of North Carolina.” Craft, Critique, Culture. University of Iowa, April 9, 2005.