I am an Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies at IU Bloomington. This academic year I am also a Solmsen Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW Madison to complete a book ms. on poetic, theatrical and pictorial representations of holy harlot Mary of Egypt.
I am an associate professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery specializing in early American literature. My monograph, Hispanicism and Early U.S. Literature: Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the Origins of U.S. National Identity, is forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press. My recent published essays include work on James Fenimore Cooper, Mary Peabody Mann, Martin Delany, and early African-American fiction. I am in the early stages of beginning a new book project on the influence of the rhetoric of religious liberty on early American literature.