I am a Bevier Fellow in the English Department at Rutgers University, where I defended my PhD in 2021. 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 book project, “Reading Regions: Cultural Geography and American Literature, 1852-1925,” combines literary, historical, and quantitative analysis to argue that the emergence of a nationally-incorporated cultural field in America galvanized regional differences rather than subsuming them. Americans read differently in different parts of the country; by catering to these differences, authors and editors developed the period’s dominant literary styles and media formats. Tracing this dynamic relationship as it unfolded spatially in the circulation of books, newspapers, magazines, and library checkouts, I remap the literary marketplace to show how literature of all genres not only represented regions but also played a crucial mediating role in the process by which they were reproduced.
My work has or will appear in American Literary History, J19: the Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and the collection Race, Citizenship, and Nation in the Literary Work of Albion Tourgée. My research has 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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