Associate Professor of American Studies

Ph.D. Yale University

M.A. Yale University



Imponderables: Epistemologies of Light in Antebellum Literature and Science (manuscript under review)



“Understanding Eureka.” In Oxford Handbook of Edgar A. Poe, ed. Gerald Kennedy and Scott Peeples (Oxford University Press, 2018).

“Natural/Mechanical: Keywords in the Conception of Early Photography.” In Photography and Its Origins, ed. Tanya Sheehan and Andres Zervigon (New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).

“‘Rather Both than Neither’: The Polarity of Gender in Howe’s Hermaphrodite.” In Philosophies of Sex:  New Essays on The Hermaphrodite, ed. Renee Bergland and Gary Williams (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2012).

“‘The Vision-Building Faculty’: Naturalist Vision in The House of Mirth.” MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 57, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 17-46.

The Magnetism of a Photograph: Margaret Fuller and Daguerreotype Portraiture.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 56, no. 2 (2010): 107-122.

“‘The Art of Fixing a Shadow’: Talbot’s Polar Epistemology of Early Photography.” English Language Notes 44, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2006): 73–86.

“‘Eyes which Behold’:  Poe’s ‘Domain of Arnheim’ and the Science of Vision.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review 7, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 4–30. Reprinted in Edgar Allan Poe:  Beyond Gothicism, ed. James M. Hutchisson (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2011).

“‘Henry Hames’s Overexposures: James and Photographic Portraits.” Henry James Review (special issue, “Senses of the Past”) 25, no. 3 (Fall 2004): 254-66.

“The Novice as Expert: Writing the Freshman Year.” Co–authored with Nancy Sommers. College Composition and Communication (CCC) 56, no. 1 (September 2004): 124–149.