EducationPh.D., English, West Virginia University, 2003
M.A., English, James Madison University, 1985
B.A., English, James Madison University, 1982
Expertise, Courses & Publications
American Literature, pre-1900
American Literature and the Environment
American Environmental Literature
American Literature and Landscape
19th-C. American Literature and the Visual Arts
Early American Literature
American Autobiography, pre-1900
American Survey I and II
Literature and American Popular Music
"Charting Progress: Narratives of Western Expansion in F.A. Walker's Statistical Atlas of the United States." American Quarterly: Journal of the American Studies Association 60 (2008): 399-423.
"A History of Violence: Narrating ‘The Destruction of the Pequots' in Timothy Dwight's Greenfield Hill (1794)." Literature of the Early American Republic, vol. 7, 2016, pp. 63-84.
"Troubled Vistas: Looking West Through the Eyes of the Nation, 1870-1879." Journal of American Studies. Forthcoming.
Works in Progress
"Violence, History, and Narrative Authority: Recounting 'The Destruction of the Pequods' in Timothy Dwight's Greenfield Hill (1794)"
"Troubled Vistas: Looking Westward Through the Eyes of the Nation, 1865-1879."
"Mapping the Land of Lost Borders: Scientific Vision and Narratives of Western Expansion in the Works of John Wesley Powell."
Framing the View: Science, Landscape, and Narratives of Western Expansion, 1865-1879 [book project]
"Elaborate Contradictions: Progress and Pastoralism in William Dean Howells' 'A Sennight of the Centennial'." American Literature Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. (May 2012)
"War and the Recovery of Puritan Virtue in Timothy Dwight's Greenfield Hill (1794)." East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 41st Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (November 2010)
"Environmental Utopianism and the American Georgic: An Ecocritical Study of Timothy Dwight's Greenfield Hill." The Ecology of Utopia Conference: Ecological Concerns and Utopianism in American Literature. University of La Coruna. La Coruna, Spain (September 2010)
"'Everything looked as I thought it would': Responses to Niagara Falls in Margaret Fuller's Summer on the Lakes, in 1843." Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Louisville, Kentucky (November 2008)
"'When hell's terrific region scream-d anew': The Destruction of the Pequots in Timothy Dwight's Greenfield Hill." Poetics of Conflict and Reconciliation Conference, organized by the Modern Language Association's Conference on Christianity and Literature, Mideast Region. Bridgewater College (October 2008)
"Troubled Vistas: Elite Magazines Look Westward after the Civil War." New Frontiers in Early American Literature Conference. University of Virginia (August 2002)
"Charting Progress: Maps, Statistics, and Narratives of Expansion in F.A. Walker's Statistical Atlas of the United States." Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (March 2002)
"Looking Westward: Exploration and Vision from Jefferson to Powell." International Center for Jefferson Studies. Charlottesville, Virginia (July 1999)
"Mapping the Land of Lost Borders: Scientific Vision and Narratives of Expansion in the Works of John Wesley Powell." Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. Montreal, Canada (October 1999)
"Autobiography and the Critical Temper: A History of the Genre at the MLA Convention, 1975-Present." Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Atlanta, Georgia (November 1997)
"Gender Trouble in Paradise: Performance and Identity in Hemingway's Garden of Eden." Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. University of Louisville (February 1997)