- Associate Librarian, Curator of Books and Head of Instruction Services, Special Collections, Louisiana State University Libraries. (2018-present)
- Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Memphis. (2015-2018, on leave academic year 2015-16)
- Professional-in-Residence, Hill Memorial Library and the Department of English, Louisiana State University. (2015-2016)
- Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Memphis. (2009-2015)
- Visiting Instructor, Department of English, College of St. Rose. (2008-2009)
- PhD, English, Duke University. (2009)
- MA, English, University of Arizona. (2002)
- BA, English and Biology, Trinity University. (1998)
Selected Conference Presentations:
- “‘Singular regard unto the simple truth’: Bradford, Plymouth, and the Success of the Declension Narrative.” Religion and Politics in Early America, St. Louis, MO, March 1-4, 2018.
- “‘The Title of an History’: Increase Mather’s Transatlantic Historical Project.” Society of Early Americanists Special Topics Conference. London, England, July 17-19, 2014.
- “‘A true, if a slight, impression’: Rewriting the Revolution in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s The Linwoods.” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era Conference. Oxford, MS, February 20-22, 2014.
- “‘Where a past did not haunt’: Native American Erasure in Morrison’s A Mercy.” Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference. Savannah, GA, February 28-March 2, 2013.
- “Mary Rowlandson and the Historians: Writing the West into Massachusetts Bay.” Western Literature Association Annual Conference: High Plains Drifting. Spearfish, SD, September 30-October 3, 2009.
Representative Scholarly Essays:
- “Thomas Morton and the Critique of Puritan Intolerance.” Colonial Era to the 19th Century in American Literature. Ed. Laura A. Leibman. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016. Web.
- “Science Fiction and Fantasy.” In A History of Virginia Literature. Ed. Kevin Hayes. New York: Cambridge UP, 2015. Print.
- “Captured by Genre: Mary Rowlandson’s Western Imagination on the Nineteenth-Century Frontier.” In Before the West Was West: Pre-1800 Western American Literature. Eds Amy Hamilton and Tom Hillard. Lincoln, NE: U of Nebraska P, 2014. 109-153. Print.
- “‘It’s all f***ing amalgamation and capital, ain’t it?’: Deadwood, the Pinkertons, and Westward Expansion.” In The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire. Eds. Paul Stasi and Jennifer Greiman. New York: Continuum, 2012. 62-82. Print. Co-author Jeffrey Scraba.
- Academic advisor and editor. “Mary Rowlandson.” Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800. Ed. Richard Layman. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2017. Web.
Selected Book Reviews:
- Review of T.J. Tomlin, A Divinity for All Persuasions: Almanacs and Early American Religious Life. Early American Literature, 50:3 (November 2016). Print.
- Review of Phillip H. Round, Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880. Journal of Ethnic American History, 32:3 (Spring 2013). 110-1. Print.
Early American literature; the history of the book; American studies; the American frontier; utopian/dystopian literature; print culture; the print culture of the scientific revolution.