I am a Bevier Fellow and PhD candidate in the English Department at Rutgers University. I specialize in American cultural history from the Early Republic to Modernism, with particular focus on circulation and reception, cultural geography, genre, and digital humanities.
My dissertation, “Reading Regions: Cultural Geography and American Literature, 1865-1925,” combines literary, historical, and computational methods to argue that region was not simply a framework for representing cultural difference but a structuring principle of the cultural field. The project shows how Americans read differently in different parts of the country – despite the emergence of a nationally-integrated literary marketplace – and how this fact shaped authorial style as well as editorial policy. Tracing this dynamic relationship as it unfolded spatially in circulation, I shed new light on the persistent salience of regions and literature’s role in shaping them.
My work has appeared in J19: the Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists and is forthcoming in American Literary History. My research has also been supported by fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Houghton Library, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania/Library Company of Philadelphia. For two and a half years I was the Rutgers Libraries Digital Humanities Graduate Specialist; I am a member of the Black Bibliography Project, C19, and the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project as well.
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