Research areas and interests
Early American literature, Atlantic colonialism, the early novel, feminist theory, political theory, aesthetics, transatlantic print culture, Caribbean literature, early American drama, digital humanities.
- New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2014).
- The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere (Stanford University Press, 2004). Winner of the Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the humanities at Yale University.
- With Michael Drexler, The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S.: Histories, Geographies, Textualities (University of Pennsylvania Press, under contract).
- “Reassembling the Novel: Kinlessness and the Novel of the Haitian Revolution,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction (forthcoming).
- “A Sea of Texts: Equiano, Textual Mapping, and Atlantic Space,” in Religion and Space in the Atlantic World, ed. John Corrigan, David Bodenhamer, and Trevor Harris (Indiana University Press, forthcoming).
- “Haiti and the Early U.S., Entwined,” with Michael Drexler, introductory essay in The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S.: Histories, Geographies, Textualities, ed. Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael Drexler (University of Pennsylvania Press, under contract).
- “Obi, Assemblage, Enchantment,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 1.1 (2013): 172-178.
- “Coloniality, Performance, Translation: The Embodied Public Sphere in Early America,” in Transatlantic Traffic and (Mis)Translations, ed. Robin Peel and Daniel Maudlin (Hanover: University Press of New England, 2013): 177-196.
- “John Marrant Blows the French Horn: Print, Performance, and Publics in Early African American Literature,” in Early African American Print Culture in Theory and Practice, ed. Lara Cohen and Jordan Stein (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012): 318-339.
- “Religion and Geopolitics in the New World,” Early American Literature 45.1 (2010): 193-202.
- “Atlantic Practices: Minding the Gap Between Literature and History,” Roundtable on Interdisciplinary Atlantic Studies published in both William and Mary Quarterly 65.1 (2008): 181-186 and Early American Literature 43.1 (2008): 205-210.
- “The Secret History of the Early American Novel: Leonora Sansay and Revolution in St. Domingo,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 40.1/2 (Spring 2006/Fall 2007): 77-103.
Awards and Fellowships
- Co-Project Director, “Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers,” National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, 2013-2014
- Co-PI, Tier One Research Grant, 2013-2014, Northeastern University, for “Infectious Texts: Uncovering Reprinting Networks in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers”
- Co-PI, Tier One Research Grant, 2012-2014, Northeastern University, Early Caribbean Digital Archive Project
- Jay Fliegelman Excellence in Mentorship Award 2010-2011, awarded by the Graduate Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, 2010-2011
- Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 2009
- Society of Early Americanists Essay Prize, 2005
- Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the humanities at Yale University, 2003