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ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS


Associate Professor of English, Auburn University, 2018-present

Assistant Professor of English, Auburn University, 2015-2018

Assistant Professor of English and African & African American Studies, University of Arkansas, 2012-2015

Visiting Scholar, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2011-2012

CONCURRENT APPOINTMENTS


Fulbright Visiting Professor of American Studies, University of Graz, Austria, 2016

EDUCATION


Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2011

B.A., English, with Honors and Distinction, University of Iowa, 2004

PUBLICATIONS


Books

The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2016).

Editor, African American Literature in Transition, 1830-1850 (New York: Cambridge University Press, under contract).

Co-Editor (with Kathleen Diffley), Picturing Eloquence: The Civil War in Word and Image (Athens: University of Georgia Press, under contract).

Journal Articles

“The Fragments of Black Reconstruction,” American Literary History 30.3 (Fall 2018).

The North Star and the Atlantic 1848,” African American Review 47.1 (Spring 2014): 51-67.

“‘Americans As They Really Are’: The Colored American and the Illustration of National Identity,” American Periodicals 21.2 (Fall 2011): 97-119.

“Reclaiming Revolution: William Wells Brown’s Irreducible Haitian Heroes,” Comparative American Studies 5.4 (December 2007): 367-383.

Book Chapters

“Black Newspapers, Novels, and the Racial Geographies of Transnationalism,” African American Literature in Transition, 1850-1865, ed. Teresa Zackodnik (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

“‘Feebler than the Original’: Translation and Early Black Transnationalism,” Transnational American Studies, ed. Udo Hebel (Heidelberg: WinterVerlag, 2012), 229-248.

Book Reviews

Blake and the Black Newspaper,” contribution to a forum on Martin Delany, Blake, or, The Huts of America, ed. Jerome McGann, American Periodicals 28.1 (March 2018): 78-80.

Review of Daniel Hack, Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of Victorian Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature 72.2 (September 2017): 252-256.

“Revolutionary Neighbors” (Review of Elizabeth Dillon & Michael Drexler, eds., The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States: Histories, Textualities, Geographies), Common-Place 17.2 (2017): np.

Review Essay of Jonathan Daniel Wells, Women Writers and Journalists in the Nineteenth-Century South; Sharon D. Kennedy-Nolle, Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postwar South; Barbara McCaskill, Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory, in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 33.2 (December 2016): 422-432.

Other Publications

“Speaking Out in Thunder Tones: Black Chosenness and ‘Our Government’ in the Earliest Black Newspapers,” The Readex Report 13.1 (March 2018): np.

“Chronicling White America,” contribution to “Digital Approaches to Periodical Studies” forum, American Periodicals 26.1 (Spring 2016): 10-13.

“Harriet Jacobs’s Rogue Reading,” contribution to “Where are the Women in Black Print Culture Studies?” forum, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 33.1 (June 2016): 10-13.

Journal Forums Organized

“Digital Approaches to Periodical Studies,” American Periodicals, 26.1 (Spring 2016): 1-24.

“Where are the Women in Black Print Culture Studies?” Legacy: A Journal of American Woman Writers, 33.1 (June 2016): 1-30.

 

FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS


External

2017-18           Binational Tandem Fellow, German Historical Institute and Georgetown University.

2016                Fulbright Visiting Professor of American Studies, University of Graz, Austria.

2015                National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia.

2014                Faculty Mentor, Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

2012-13           Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, Robert Penn Warren Center for American Studies, Vanderbilt University (Declined).

2011-12           Visiting Scholar, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

2009-11           Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia.

2009-10           Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Frederick Douglass Institute, University of Rochester, (Declined).

2009                Tuition Scholarship, Clinton Institute for American Studies Summer Seminar, University College Dublin.

2008                Joyce Tracy Fellow, American Antiquarian Society.

Internal

2017                New Faculty Summer Research Grant, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University.

2017                New Faculty Semester Release from Teaching Grant, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University.

2014-15           Robert C. and Sandra Connor Endowed Faculty Fellow, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arkansas.

AWARDS


2017                Honorable Mention, Book Prize, Research Society for American Periodicals.

2014                Outstanding Mentor, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University of Arkansas.

2012                Article Prize, ProQuest/Research Society for American Periodicals.

2009                Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia.

2004                Best Honors Thesis, Department of English, University of Iowa.

INVITED LECTURES


International

2018               (with Juliane Braun), “Science, Slavery, and Transoceanic American Studies,” University of Bonn, Germany.

2017                “Speaking Out in Thunder Tones: Democracy and the Early Black Press,” University of Bonn, Germany.

2017                “The Art of the Early Black Press,” National Institute of Art History, Paris, France.

2016                “The Great Migration and the Routes of Chicago’s Black Music” (Keynote), Black Music In Chicago and Jazz in Vienna: Routes and Roots Symposium, University of Vienna, Austria.

2016                “Freedom’s Journal and Transnational Feminism,” University of Mainz, Germany.

2016                “‘A Story of Thrilling Interest’: The Serialized Novels of Civil War-Era Black Newspapers,” University of Graz, Austria.

2016                “Reading African American Literature in Europe” (Keynote), Fulbright Seminar in American Studies, Strobl, Austria.

2016                “The Newspaper and the Slave Narrative,” University of Graz, Austria.

2016                “Time, Space, and the Location of American Studies” (Keynote), Austrian Young Americanists Workshop, Graz, Austria.

2016                “Slave Narratives and Reading Lessons,” University of Barcelona, Spain.

2016                “The Politics of Mobility in the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance,” Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

2016                “Race, Print Culture, and Transnational American Literature in the 19th-Century,” Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

2014                “The Black Newspaper and the Making of Transnationalism,” University of Potsdam, Germany.

2013                “The Black Newspaper and the Black Atlantic,” University of Nurnberg-Erlangen, Germany.

2011                “Reading the News in Early African American Literature,” University of Würzburg, Germany.

National

2018                “White Archives, Black Newspapers,” American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA.

2018                “The Fragments of Black Reconstruction,” University of Delaware.

2018                “Insurrectionary History: Time, Space, and Black Atlantic

2017                (with Juliane Braun) “Transoceanic Knowledge Cultures in the Early Americas,” German Historical Institute, Washington, DC.

2017                “Black Chosenness and the American Civil War,” University of Georgia.

2017                “Black Newspapers, Civil Wars, and ‘Our Government’,” University of Michigan-Dearborn.

2015                “The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation,” Fellows Colloquium, Library Company of Philadelphia.

2012                “Publics and Peddlers: The Newspaper in the Slave Narrative,” American Antiquarian Society/Clark University, Worcester, MA.

2012                “The Politics of Immobility in African American Literature,” University of Wyoming.

2008                “Reluctant Subjects: Visions of Empire in the Colored American,” Fellows Colloquium, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA.

Local

2015                “Black Chosenness and the American Civil War,” Auburn University.

2014                “Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom, and the Making of an Editor,” Remnant Trust Lecture, University of Arkansas.

2014                “The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation,” African & African American Studies Brown Bag Lecture, University of Arkansas.

2010                “‘Americans As They Really Are’: The Black Newspaper and the American Nation,” Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


2018                “Interracial Collaborations and the Making of Early Black Newspapers,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, New York, NY.

2017                “Colored Conventions and the Black Press,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

2017                “The Fragments of Black Reconstruction, ”American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

2016                “Bounded Revolution: The Geographies of Black Resistance in John Gabriel Stedman’s Surinam,” European Early American Studies Association Biannual Conference, Paris, France.

2016                “From Appomattox to Morant Bay: Recovering the Caribbean Currents of Emancipation in a Lost Civil War Novel,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

2016                “Abolition and the Right to Revolution,” German Association for American Studies Annual Conference, Osnabrück, Germany.

2015                “Mountains, Ruins, and Black Revolution in Leonora Sansay’s Zelica, the Creole,” Civil War Caucus (Midwest MLA), Columbus, OH.

2015                Roundtable Participant, “Digital Approaches to American Periodicals, ”American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

2014                “Island Time: The Archipelagic History of the Haitian Revolution,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

2014                “The Weekly Anglo-African and the Making of Civil War Literature,” African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture Conference, Madison, WI.

2014                “Revolutionary Nature: Time and Space in the Caribbean Archipelago,” German Association of American Studies Annual Conference, Würzburg, Germany.

2014                “The North Star and the Black Atlantic 1848,” Society of 19th-Century Americanists (C19) Biennial Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.

2014                “Rogue Reading,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

2013                “William Wells Brown’s Many Haitian Revolutions,” Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora Biennial Conference, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

2013                “‘When the Dark Clouds of Battle Roll’: Martin Delany, James Whitfield, and Civil War Poetry,” Civil War Caucus (Midwest MLA), Milwaukee, WI.

2012                “A Permanent Nationality: Empire and Black American Emigration,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2012                “An Empire Among Empires: Alliance and Emigration in the Provincial Freeman,” Civil War Caucus (Midwest MLA), Cincinnati, OH.

2012                Roundtable Participant, “ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize Winners: Strategies for Success,” American Literature Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

2011                “‘These Uncomprehensible Words’: Print, Poetry, and Black Transnationalism,” Civil War Caucus (Midwest MLA), St. Louis, MO.

2011                “A Chronotope of Mud: Martin Delany’s Blake, the Weekly Anglo-African, and the African American Picaresque,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

2011                “‘Feebler than the Original’: Translation and Early Black Transnationalism,” German Association of American Studies Annual Conference, Regensburg, Germany.

2010                “‘The Times are Revolutionary’: The North Star’s 1848 and the Limits of the Transnational Lens,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2010.

2010                “‘Among Strangers’: The North Star and the City of Rochester,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Conference, Rochester, NY.

2010                “‘Standing Still With Fixed Bayonets’: Scriptural Politics and Black Activism in the Weekly Anglo-African,” Society of 19th-Century Americanists (C19) Biennial Conference, Penn State University.

2009                “‘The Sweet Mingling of Nations into One’: The North Star, the International Peace Movement, and the Question of American Studies,” Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland.

2008                “‘A View of Jerusalem from the West’: Religious Illustrations and Expansionist Discourses in the Colored American,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

2007                “‘Its Revolutions and Its Patriots’: Williams Wells Brown, Haiti, and the Dispersed Black Revolutionary,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

2007                “T-a-y-l-o-r vs. T-a-i-l-o-r: The Tailors’ Strike of 1850 and the Textual Politics of the New-York Tribune,” Cultural Studies Now, University of East London, UK.

2007                “‘No historian has yet done them justice’: William Wells Brown and the Haitian Revolution,” American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

2005                “Staging the Street: How Urban Workers Recast Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

COURSES TAUGHT


Undergraduate

  • Survey of African American Literature before 1900
  • Early African American Literature and Culture
  • Black Atlantic Revolutions
  • The American Renaissance in Black & White
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • African American Literature and the Media
  • Immobility in African American Literature

Graduate

  • Early African American Print Culture
  • The Black Atlantic
  • The American Renaissance in Black & White
  • Immobility in African American Literature

SERVICE


Profession

  • Vice President/President-Elect, Research Society for American Periodicals, 2017-19.
  • Advisory Board Member, Clemson University Press, African American Literature Series, 2015-present.
  • Advisory Editorial Board Member, American Periodicals, 2012-present.
  • Board Member, Research Society for American Periodicals, 2012-present.
  • Manuscript Reviewer, African American Review; American Periodicals; Atlantic Studies; MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US; Studies in American Fiction.
  • Application Reviewer, Polish Fulbright Commission; NEH Awards for Faculty.
  • Article Prize Committee, Research Society for American Periodicals, 2013-14; 2017-18 (chair).
  • WORDFest Essay Contest Judge, Valparaiso University, 2012.

University

  • Nominations Committee Member, Africana Studies Program, Auburn University, 2016-present.
  • LGBTQ Safe Zone Allies Instructor, University of Arkansas, 2012-15. 
  • Member, Fiscal & Planning Committee, University of Arkansas, 2013-14.

Department

  • Mock Job Interviewer, Auburn University, 2017.
  • Chair, Graduate Committee, University of Arkansas, 2013-15.
  • Organizer, Brown Bag Lecture Series, University of Arkansas, 2013-14.
  • Member, Diversity Committee, University of Arkansas, 2013-15
  • Member, Faculty Development Committee, University of Arkansas, 2013-15.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


  • Member, Black Press Research Collective
  • National Teaching Partner, Colored Conventions Project
  • Member, Modern Language Association
  • Member, American Studies Association
  • Member, Research Society for American Periodicals
  • Member, C19: Society of 19th-Century Americanists