About

I’m an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. My research and teaching interests include early and nineteenth-century US literature, African American literature, US ethnic literatures, and critical race and ethnic studies.

As a literary and cultural studies scholar, I am broadly interested in the violence of racial capitalism in US literature and culture. My work primarily deals with how violence arises out of and impacts capitalist social relations and ideological production, especially as it relates to notions of selfhood, ownership, and state power across the long nineteenth century.

Right now, I’m at work on my book project, At All Costs: Extralegal Violence and Liberal Democracy in US Culture, which examines extralegal violence not as a lawless force that threatened American liberal-democratic governance but instead as emerging from and further entrenching the conditions that governance set.

Education

PhD, English, University of Connecticut, 2016

MA, English, University of Connecticut, 2012

BA, summa cum laude, English, University of Pittsburgh, 2010

Publications

Edited Collections

Reading Confederate Monuments. Ed. Maria Seger. Forthcoming from UP of Mississippi (September 2022).

Book Chapters

“Challenging Monumentality, Channeling Counter-Monumentality.” Conclusion. Reading Confederate Monuments. Ed. Maria Seger. Forthcoming from UP of Mississippi (September 2022).

“How and Why to Read Confederate Monuments.” Introduction. Reading Confederate Monuments. Ed. Maria Seger. Forthcoming from UP of Mississippi (September 2022).

“Redeeming White Women in/through Lost Cause Films.” Reading Confederate Monuments. Ed. Maria Seger. Forthcoming from UP of Mississippi (September 2022).

Articles

“Deferred Lynching and the Moral High Ground in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 73.1 (2018): 94-118.

“Ekphrasis and the Postmodern Slave Narrative: Reading the Maps of Edward P. Jones’s The Known World.” Callaloo 37.5 (2014): 1181–95.

Book Reviews

Rev. of American Literature, Lynching, and the Spectator in the Crowd: Spectacular Violence, by Debbie Lelekis. Studies in American Naturalism 11.1 (2016): 102–04.

Projects

At All Costs: Extralegal Violence and Liberal Democracy in American Culture. Manuscript in preparation.

Killing Them Softly: Motherhood, Violence, and the State in the American Cultural Imaginary. Manuscript in preparation.

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