Colonial and Early American Literature; Early Modern Drama; Literature and Intellectual History; Literature and Religion; Nineteenth Century American Literature
"In my courses I try to instill a sense of community among my students in the midst of what, at a vibrant research institution, can sometimes seem like an impersonal environment. Making unfamiliar literature and historically distant cultures relevant and ‘respectable’ to a diverse body of students—and making those objects of study worthy of their time and energy—is a challenge that I enjoy. I’m especially gratified when my students learn, and even come to love, these unfamiliar texts and contexts.
Murray Hall, Room 023, College Ave Campus
- "Cultivating Spiritual Sight: Jacob Riis's Virtual-Tour Narrative and the Visual Modernization of Protestant Homiletics"
Representations 83, Summer 2003
- "'A Dowry of Suffering': Consent, Contract, and Political Coverture in John W. De Forest's Reconstruction Romance"
ALH: American Literary History 15.2, Summer 2003
- American Gothic
- British-American Survey
- Gospel of Realism
- Introduction to the Novel
- Law and Literature
- Postbellum Literature of Urban Reform
- American Religious Vernaculars
- Anglo-American Puritan Literature and Culture
- Best Paper Prize for “What Would Jesus Do?,” Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association, October 2005
- CLS-Andrew W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow, 2005
- Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Arizona, 2003
PhD, University of California, Los Angelos
BA, Oregon State University
BS, Oregon State University