Department of English
Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999.
M. A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992.
B.A., English and Spanish, Washington University, St. Louis, 1988.
Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Louisville, 1999 to the present.
"Charity Begins at Home: Stowe's Antislavery Novels and the Forms of Benevolent Citizenship."
American Literature 72 (2000): 751-83.
"Misgivings: Melville, Race, and the Ambiguities of Benevolence." American Literary History 12
"Acquiring Minds: Commodified Knowledge and the Positioning of the Reader in McClure's
Magazine, 1893-1903." Prospects: An Annual Journal of American Cultural Studies 22 (1997):
"'Rough Ways and Rough Work': Jacob Riis, Social Reform, and the Rhetoric of Benevolent
Violence." ATQ: Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture (formerly American
Transcendental Quarterly) 11 (1997): 191-212. Special issue: "Philanthropy in
"Errand into Africa: Colonization and Nation Building in Sarah J. Hale's Liberia." New England
Quarterly 68 (1995): 558-83. Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism,
vol. 75, 325-35. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 1999.
Review of Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century
Black America (Chicago, 2000). American Literature 73 (2001): 191-92.
"Octavius Brooks Frothingham." American National Biography, ed. John A. Garraty and Mark C.
Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
"Theophilus Brown," "Thomas Cholmondeley," and "Edward Hoar." Biographical Dictionary of
Transcendentalism. Ed. Wesley T. Mott. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1996.
"Spirit of the Age." Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism. Ed. Wesley T. Mott. Westport, CT:
A book-length manuscript titled "The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race, Nation, and the Culture of Benevolence in the Antebellum United States," under preliminary contract with Cornell University Press.
Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:
WR Program Faculty Instruction Award, University of Louisville, 2001.
MacMillan Dissertation Award, University of North Carolina, 2000.
Project Completion Grant, University of Louisville, 2000.
Senior Teaching Fellowship, University of North Carolina, 1998-1999.
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 1997-1998.
Peterson Short-Term Research Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 1997.
Holman Americanist Award, University of North Carolina, 1996-1997.
Annette K. Baxter Travel Award, American Studies Association Conference, 1996 and 1997.
Mellon Foundation Short-Term Research Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1996.
Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Fall 1996.
"Pedagogies of Emancipation: Charlotte Forten’s Civil War." American Studies Association
Conference. Washington, D.C., 2001.
"William Wells Brown and the Racial Politics of Good Intentions." American Literature Association
Conference. Cambridge, MA, 2001.
"Toward a Cultural History of Good Intentions: Benevolence and Sentimentalism in the Antebellum
United States." Seminar Presentation. Back to the Futures: An Institute in American Studies.
Dartmouth College, 2000.
"Defining Benevolent Citizenship: Stowe's Dred and 1850s Proslavery Fiction." American Literature
Association Conference. Long Beach, Calif., 2000.
"The Racial Politics of Charity in New York City, 1863." American Studies Association Conference.
Washington, D.C., 1997.
"Hazardous Exchange: Melville's Confidence-Man and the Ambiguities of Benevolence." American
Literature Association Conference. Baltimore, 1997.
"Saving Them from Ourselves: Cherokee Removal and the Language of White Benevolence."
American Studies Association Conference. Kansas City, 1996.
"Errand into Africa: The Colonist's Transformation in Sarah J. Hale's Liberia." American Studies
Association Conference. Nashville, 1994.
"Speaking from Experience: Authenticity and Reform in Louisa May Alcott's Work." Women's
Studies in the Triangle: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium. University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, 1994.
"Home Is Where the Venom Is: The Dissolution of Family in Djuna Barnes' Ryder." Twentieth-
Century Literature Conference. University of Louisville, 1993.
Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, 2000-01 and 2001-02,
Freibert Colloquium Planning Committee, 2000-01 and 2001-02, member.
Overseers Scholars Development Program (OSDP), faculty mentor, Fall 2000-the present.
Member, Twentieth-Century Literature Conference Committee, University of Louisville, 1999-2000.
Panelist, "Opportunities for Research in the History of Print Culture," University of North Carolina,
Conference Coordinator, "Women's Studies in the Triangle: An Interdisciplinary Graduate
Symposium," University of North Carolina, Mar. 1994. Member of the planning committee, 1993.
Modern Language Association
American Literature Section of the MLA
American Studies Association