• The University of Texas at Austin
    • Ph.D., English, December 2013
      • Dissertation: “Reviewing the Purpose Novel: Reception, Social Reform, and the Limits of Persuasion in Turn-of-the-Century American Fiction”
      • Committee: Phillip Barrish and Gretchen Murphy (co-directors), Michael Winship, Coleman Hutchison, Mark Smith
    • M.A., English, 2009
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • B.A., 2006, Summa Cum Laude, English and American Studies

Current position

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Washington and Lee University, 2014-

Research and teaching interests

  • Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature, African-American literature, reception study, publishing history, reform writing, digital humanities


  • “Resisting Naturalism: Purpose and Literary Value in Frank Norris’s The Octopus.” Book History 18 (2015): 197-234.
  • “Beyond ‘Bitter’: Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition.” American Literary Realism 46, no. 3 (Spring 2014): 230-250.
  • Contending Forces’ Intellectual History: Emerson, Du Bois, and Washington at the Turn of the Century.” Arizona Quarterly 69, no. 3 (Autumn 2013): 77-98.
  • “‘The true and stirring stuff of which Romance is born’: Dark Princess and the revolutionary potential of literary form.” Journal of Modern Literature 36, no. 4 (Summer 2013): 62-76.

Book reviews

  • Review. Holly Jackson, American Blood: The Ends of Family in American Literature, 1850-1900. New England Quarterly 88, no. 2 (June 2015): 340-343.

Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

  • Mellon Digital Humanities Incentive Grant, Washington and Lee University, 2016
  • Lenfest Summer Research Grant, Washington and Lee University, 2016
  • Outstanding Assistant Instructor Award, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin (2013)
  • Presidential Excellence Fellowship, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin (Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012)
  • Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History, Houghton Library, Harvard University (2012-2013)
  • Society for the Study of Southern Literature Graduate Student Travel Award (2012)
  • Professional Development Award, University of Texas at Austin Graduate School (2012, 2011, 2010)
  • James L. Whitfield Memorial Prize, Department of English, University of North Carolina (2006)
  • Kimball King Award, Department of English, University of North Carolina (2006)

Conference Presentations

  • “American Gilded Ages,” “Historicism Unsettled: Reading the Nineteenth Century” roundtable, C19 Conference, State College, PA, March 2016.
  • “Maintaining the Status Quo: Book Reviews and the Turn-of-the-Century Literary Marketplace,” “Conservatives and Conservatism” roundtable, Modern Language Association Convention, Austin, TX, 10 January 2016.
  • “How Many Book Reviews Can We Read at Once? Theories and Methods at the Intersection of Reception and Computational Analytics,” American Literature Association, Digital Americanists panel, Boston, MA, May 2015.
  • “’In the end you know he is to suffer always’: Muckraking and the limits of sympathy in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle,” C19 Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, March 2014.
  • “‘Fully fleshed out and filled with emotion’: Accent, region, and identification in the reception of The Help,” Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, IL, January 2014.
  • “‘The grim realities of life’: Reading Frank Norris’s The Octopus in the West,” Reception Studies Society Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 27 September 2013.
  • “From the archive to the browser: Best practices and Google Books,” Modern Language Association Convention, Methods of Literary Research Panel, Boston, MA, 6 January 2013.
  • “Gender, genre, and public citizenship in the reception of Mary Wilkins Freeman’s The Portion of Labor,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Denver, CO, 11 October 2012.
  • “Google Books as hybrid technology: Theory and practice of the digital archive,” Society for Textual Studies Conference, Austin, TX, 2 June 2012.
  • “Displacing sectional criticism: Reviewers, imagined audiences, and The Marrow of Tradition,” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, Nashville, TN, 31 March 2012.
  • “Sensation, sympathy, and disgust: Competing affective responses in the reception of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle,” Reception Studies Society Conference, Maryville, MO, 9 September 2011.
  • “Reviewers, race, and Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition: The African American novel and the American literary marketplace at the turn of the century,” American Literature Association, Reception Studies Society panel, Boston, MA, 26 May 2011.
  • “Contending Voices: Locating Emerson and Du Bois in Pauline Hopkins’s Contending Forces,” American Literature Association, Pauline Hopkins Society panel, San Francisco, CA, 29 May 2010.


  • Washington and Lee University, Department of English
    • Dystopian Narratives (Senior capstone course), Winter 2017
    • The African American Historical Novel, Fall 2016
    • Gender and Genre: The Romantic Comedy from Jane Austen to Trainwreck (First-Year Writing Seminar), Fall 2016 and Winter 2017
    • Children’s Literature: Politics and the Young Adult Novel, Spring 2016 and 2017
    • African American Literature, Winter 2016
    • American Gilded Ages, Winter 2016 and 2017
    • Region and the Real South, Fall 2015
    • Pretty Hurts: Race and Beauty from Claudette Colbert to Beyoncé (First-Year Writing Seminar), Fall 2015 and Winter 2016
    • Introduction to the Novel, Fall 2014
  • Virginia Military Institute, Department of English, Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies
    • Writing and Rhetoric II, Spring 2014
  • University of Texas at Austin
    • Department of English
      • Reading Literature in Context: American Bestsellers, Spring 2013
      • Introduction to African American Literature and Culture, Fall 2011
      • Masterworks of American Literature, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011
    • Department of Rhetoric
      • Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing, Fall 2009 and Spring 2010

Administrative Positions (University of Texas at Austin)

  • Assistant Director, Lower Division Literature Program, Department of English, 2012-2013
  • Member, English Course Transformation Committee, 2012-2013


  • Panel organizer, “Looking Westward: Region and Reception Beyond New England,” Reception Studies Society Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 27 September 2013
  • E316K Course Transformation Grant Committee, University of Texas, 2012- 2013
  • University of Texas English Department Outstanding TA Award judging committee, 2012 and 2013
  • Organizer and Coordinator, American Literature Journal Group, University of Texas, 2010- 2013
  • University of Texas English Department Outstanding Assistant Instructor Award judging committee, 2012
  • Graduate Representative, English Department Lower-Division Literature Programs Committee, University of Texas, 2010- 2012
  • Teaching Mentor, English Department Lower-Division Literature Program, University of Texas, 2011- 2013
  • Professional Development Mentor, University of Texas Undergraduate Writing Center, 2010- 2011
  • Coordinator, American Literatures Group, University of Texas, 2010- 2011
  • Organizer, American Literatures Group Academics in Action Symposium, University of Texas, October, 2010