Assistant Professor of English
Utah Valley University
Ph.D. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
J.D. University of Connecticut School of Law, 2003 (“Honors”)
B.A. English, New York University, 1996 (cum laude with “Honors”)
Dissertation: “‘A Property in the Horizon’: Placelessness in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture” (Defended July 2013)
Committee: Russ Castronovo (Chair), David Zimmerman, Jeffrey Steele, Monique Allewaert, and William Cronon
Assistant Professor of English
Utah Valley University, August 2013-present
Awards, Honors, Grants, and Fellowships
UVU OTL Travel Grant, 2017-2018
UVU GEL Quick Grant Award, 2014-15; 2015-16; 2016-17
Best Paper Award, Utah Academy of Science, Art and Letters, 2017
Bordin-Gillette Research Fellowship, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, 2016-17
UVU Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship, 2015
UW-Madison Capstone Ph.D. Teaching Award, 2012
Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
Mary Adams Trust Dissertator Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
Vilas Research Travel Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
Humanities Exposed Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010-2011
Future Faculty Partner, University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Academy, 2008
Editor-in-Chief, Connecticut Journal of International Law, 2002-2003
Joseph Glick Prize for International Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, 2003
Founders Day Award, New York University, 1996
The Spatial Turn: Critical Approaches to Spatial Literary Studies
This book introduces the growing field of spatial literary studies. Beginning with an in-depth overview of spatial theory, the book introduces the various methodological and disciplinary approaches central to the study of literature and spatial studies, including Geocriticism, Geopoetics, and GeoHumanities. The book explores recent conversations and debates about the role of place in today’s world and examines the intersections of spatial studies with the field of Ecocriticism, an increasingly urgent and productive pairing, and includes chapters on various timely topics, such as Globalization and Non-Places.
The book is currently undergoing peer review with an academic press.
“Mark Twain’s Geographic Imagination” (under review)
“From the Personal to the Professional: New Additions to Caroline M. Kirkland’s Epistolary Archive,” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 2017 (Revise and Resubmit).
“GE-Whiz! How Students Choose Their General Education Classes.” The Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 2018 (forthcoming).
"Miriam Toews.” EBSCO Author Biographies Database. Ipswich, MA: EBSCO, September 2017. Published online.
"'Thy Placeless Power': Melville, Mobility, and the Poetics of Placelessness." The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters, vol. 93, 2017.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature,” Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature. Eds. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2013.
“What is eco-criticism?” e-Annotations. University of Wisconsin-Madison (February 2010): Available at: http://www.english.wisc.edu/eAnnotations/February2010/ecocriticism.html
“Crossing Boundaries.” The Minnesota Review 69 (2007): 185-190.
“The Cultural Work of Literature and Law.” The Minnesota Review 67 (2006): 153-58.
Positions Requiring Scholarly Competence
Referee for ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance; The Journal of the Utah Academy
Selected Public Presentations
Invited Conferences and Talks
“Decentering and Recentering American Studies: Where We Are Professionally,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, Nov. 2016.
“‘Scribbling Women’: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers.” Roundtable on teaching American women writers. Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015.
Discussion Scholar, Wisconsin Humanities Council, “A More Perfect Union,” 2012.
Panels Chaired and Organized
Chaired, “The Evolution of Green Resistance in American Women’s Literature: Nineteenth-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-First-Century Perspectives.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Denver, CO, November 2018.
Chaired and Organized, “The Future(s) of Literary Biography.” Modern Language Association, NYC, 2018.
Chaired and Organized, “Caroline M. Kirkland Revisited.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015.
Workshop participant, Biographers International Organization Annual Conference, New York, NY, May 2018.
“Mark Twain’s Geographic Imagination in Life on the Mississippi.” The Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Annual Conference. Cedar City, UT, April 2018.
“Teaching with an Audience: Curating an Exhibit on Women Writers.” Engaged Learning Conference, Utah Valley University. Orem, UT, March 2016.
“Teaching Twain’s Environmental Legacy,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Hartford, CT, March 2016.
“‘Thy Placeless Power’: Melville, Mobility and Poetics of Placelessness.” The Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, UT, March 2016.
“Nature Writing, Generic Hybridity, and the Formation of Western Social Spaces in Caroline Kirkland’s A New Home, Who’ll Follow?” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference. Philadelphia, PA, November 2015.
“Thy Placeless Power’: Melville, Mobility and Poetics of Placelessness.” The Future(s) of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 2015.
“‘The Language of this Water’: Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi and the River as Writing.” The Future(s) of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 2014
“Caroline Kirkland’s ‘Great’ Excursions Through the Michigan Frontier.” Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society Symposium, St. Louis, MO, June 2014.
“‘Swamps, Marshes, Mires, and Mud-Holes’: Caroline Kirkland and the Unexpected Landscapes of Michigan.” American Literature Association, Boston, MA, 2013.
“Fostering and Implementing Online Discussions.” Principles and Practices of Integrating Technology and Teaching, College of Letters and Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011.
“Knowledge Building for the Digital Humanities.” The New Media Consortium, Madison, WI, 2011.
“‘This Dismal Cairo’: Dickens and the Politics of Placelessness.” American Literature Association, Boston, MA, 2011.
“Frost’s Liminal Spaces.” Madlit Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009.
“‘Lakes into Looking Glasses’: Land Speculation in Caroline Kirkland’s A New Home, Who’ll Follow?” American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, 2008.
"‘Lakes into Looking-Glasses’: Land Speculation in Caroline Kirkland's A New Home, Who'll Follow?" Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, 2007.
“Land Speculation and the Call for a Communitarian Ethic in Caroline Kirkland’s A New Home, Who’ll Follow? or Glimpses of Western Life.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) Biennial Conference, Spartanburg, SC, 2007.
“The Legal World of Wieland, Or Brockden Brown’s Struggle with the Law.” Madlit Third Annual Graduate Student Conference in Language and Literature. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007.
"Textual Performances: Walt Whitman's 'Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking'." Madlit Second Annual Graduate Student Conference in Language and Literature on Texts, Translations, and Traditions. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.
Teaching (Selected Courses)
Utah Valley University
ENGL 3655 (British Victorian Language)
ENGL 3090 (Academic Writing for English Majors)
ENGL 2620 (British Literature After 1800)
ENGL 2600 (Critical Introduction to Literature)
ENGL 2010 (Intermediate Writing: “Writing the Environment”)
ENGL 3525 (American Literary Realism and Naturalism)
ENGL 373R/473R (Literature of Cultures and Places / Topics in Gender Studies: “‘Scribbling Women’: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers”)
ENGL 4570 (Studies in the American Novel)
ENGL 2510 (American Literature before 1865
ENGL 2520 (American Literature after 1865)
ENGL 3525 (Modern American Literature)
HONR 2100 (Modern Legacies: “The (Un)examined Life: American Life Narratives and Autobiography)
ENGL 412R (Studies in Literary Genres: “The Art of American Literary Biography”)
Departmental and University Service
Utah Valley University
- Director, London Study Abroad Program (2018-2019)
- Co-Director with Nathan Gorelick, London Study Abroad Program (2016-2017)
- General Education Committee (2014-present)
- Wolverine Athletic Committee (Spring 2014)
- Faculty Senate, Academic Standards Committee (2013-2016)
- Co-Organizer, Contours of Knowledge Conference, Interdisciplinary Studies (2016; 2017)
- Chair, Search Committee (T.T.-19th-century British literature), 2017-2018
- Faculty Advisor, Essais: An Undergraduate Journal for Essays in Literary Criticism, 2017-2018
- Literary Studies Assessment Committee, 2017-2018
- Search Committee (T.T.-Medieval Literature), 2016-17
- Textbook Review Committee, 2015-present
- Search Committee (Lecturer), 2015
- Search Committee (T.T.-19th-century British literature), 2014-15
- English and Literature Department, Strategic Plan Revision Committee (2014-present)
- English and Literature Department, Strategic Planning Committee (2013)
- Conference on Writing for Social Change, “Environmental Sustainability” (Chair-Moderator) (Fall 2013)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Co-leader, American Literature and Culture Research Circle, University of Wisconsin (2007-2011)
- Co-organizer, Americanist Reading Group, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008-2009)
- Speaker-Series Co-Organizer, Center for Culture, History, and Environment, University of Wisconsin- Madison (2007-2008)
- Project Assistant, Graduate Chair, Jacques Lezra (2006)
- Graduate Funding Committee, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006-2007)
- Co-organizer, Peter Straub Conference (2006), University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005-2006)
- Managing Editor, Annotations (University of Wisconsin-Madison, English Department Newsletter) (2005)
- Modern Language Association
- Society for the Study of American Women Writers
- Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
- Catherine Maria Sedgwick Society
- Center for Culture, History, and Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- American Studies Association
2010-2011 “Poetry to the People,” St. Mary’s Adult Day Care Center, Madison, Wisconsin (read and discussed poetry