Ph.D. University of Arizona
I specialize in the eighteenth- and nineteenth centuries, the cultures of U.S. empire and settler colonialism, and literature in all forms. I am the author of Territories of Empire: U.S. Writing from the Louisiana Purchase to Mexican Independence (Oxford, 2014) and Fugitive Empire: Locating Early American Imperialism (Minnesota, 2005). My essays and reviews have appeared in many journals and collections, including American Literature, American Literary History, Early American Literature, and Studies in American Fiction. I have delivered dozens of talks at various symposiums and conferences. As the Director of American Studies at the University of Kentucky, I also established the first American Studies Center at Shanghai University.
Territories of Empire: U.S. Writing from the Louisiana Purchase to Mexican Independence (Oxford University Press, 2014.)
Fugitive Empire: Locating Early American Imperialism (University of Minnesota Press, 2005)
“Claiming Native Space: John Dunn Hunter and the Fredonian Rebellion,” Early American Literature 53.3 (2018): 685-713.
“Autobiography across Borders: Reading John Dunn Hunter’s Memoirs of a Captivity among the Indians of North America, from Childhood to the Age of Nineteen,” In Inventing Destiny: Cultural Explorations of US Expansion, University of Kansas Press
"Charles Brockden Brown, Empire, and Colonialism," In The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown (Oxford University Press)
“When Mammy Lies: The Everyday Resistance of Slave Women in Martin Delany’s Blake,” Studies in American Fiction 45.1 (Spring 2018): 1-17.
"Captives in Mexico: Zebulon Pike and the New American Regionalism," In Bordering Establishments: Mapping Regions in Early American Writing (University of Georgia Press, 2015)
"Women Writers and the Early U.S. Novel," In The Cambridge History of American Women's Literature, Ed. Dale M. Bauer. Cambridge University Press, 2012: 119-139.
“ 'Be Cautious of the Word Rebel’: Race, Transnationalism, and the Struggle for History in Martin Delany’s Blake; Or, the Huts of America,” American Literature 81 (March 2009): 153-179.
“Blood, Republicanism, and the Return of George Washington: A Response to Shirley Samuels,” American Literary History 20.1 (Spring/Summer 2008): 76-82.
“Early American Civics and Rehistoricizing the Power of Republicanism,” American Literary History 19.1 (Spring 2007): 120-140.
“Reading and Writing Terror: The New York Conspiracy Trials of 1741,” American Literary History 16.3 (August 2004): 377-406.
“Snug Stored Below’: The Politics of Race in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Pioneers,” Studies in American Fiction 29.2 (Autumn 2001): 131-158.