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, time studies, the literature of slavery and abolition, environmental/energy humanities, petrocultures



Time, History, and Antebellum American Writing: The Ever-Present Now (Oxford University Press, forthcoming Dec. 2018)


“Looking Out Upon the Boundless Sea of the Future; or, Anticipation,” Picturing Eloquence: The Civil War in Word and Image Ed. Benjamin Fagan and Kathleen Diffley, U of Georgia Press, forthcoming 

“John Paul Jones: Queer and Wild,” Leviathana Journal of Melville Studies, (October 2018)

“Historicism,” Time and Literature, Ed. Thomas Allen, Cambridge UP, 2018 

“Prospects for the Present,”  American Literary History 26:4 (December 2014): 836-48.

"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

Work in Progress

Blogging the Anthropocene 
(book project about oil pipeline infrastructure focusing on the 2010 oil pipeline spill in Marshall, Michigan)

I also write for and maintain the Line 6B Citizens’ Blog, a public environmental humanities forum.