544F O'Dowd Hall
(248) 370-2253

Associate Professor &
Coordinator of American Studies
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts

Winner of the 2012 Oakland University Teaching Excellence Award

Winner of the 2013 Marian P. Wilson Award for Scholarship

Areas of study

Nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture, American romanticism, literary history and historiography, literature and law 

I am currently completing a manuscript titled The Ever-Present Now: Romantic Presentism and Antebellum American Literature, which explores conceptions of historical and temporal experience in antebellum U.S. literature.


"The Prehistory of Posthistoricism," The Limits of Literary Historicism, Ed. Allen Dunn and Thomas Haddox, U of Tennessee Press, 2012.

"Eye-Witness to History: The Anti-Narrative Aesthetic of Neal's Seventy-Six, John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, Eds. Edward Watts and David J. Carlson, Bucknell University Press, 2012.

“Passing Current: Electricity, Magnetism, and Historical Transmission inThe Linwoods,ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 56;3 (2010): 293-326. | Read (access required) 

“The Logic of Left Alone: The Pioneers and the Conditions of U.S. Privacy,” American Literature, (Dec. 2009): 659-85. | Read (access required)

“Diedrich Knickerbocker, Regular Bred Historian,” Early American Literature 43:3 (Fall 2008): 605-41. | Read (access required)

“All of us are Ahabs: Moby-Dick and Contemporary Public Discourse,”Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association (Fall 2007): 19-37. | Read

“Anachronistic Imaginings: Hope Leslie’s Challenge to Historicism,”American Literary History 16:2 (Summer 2004): 179-207. | Read (access required)

“Generational Canons,” Pedagogy 3:3 (Fall 2003): 341-58. | Read (access required)

“Art After Ahab” (Review of And God Created Great Whales, written and performed by Rinde Eckert). Postmodern Culture 12:1 (Sept. 2001): 13 paras. Online.   | Read