Peer-Reviewed Articles

The 19th-Century Origins of Nuclear Deterrence.” Journal of the British Academy 8.s3 (2020): 7-14.

Distributed Agency: David Walker’s Appeal, Black Readership, and the Politics of Self-Deportation,” ESQ 65.2 (2019): 109-145.

Winner of the 1921 Prize in American Literature for 2019

Conspiracy, Pornography, Democracy: The Recurrent Aesthetics of the American Illuminati.” Journal of American Studies 54.2 (2020): 273-94. [Published online by Cambridge University Press: 12 November 2018]

Emancipatory Cosmology: Freedom’s Journal, The Rights of All, and the Revolutionary Movements of Black Print Culture.” American Quarterly 68.2 (2016): 263-86.

Honorable Mention for the Research Society for American Periodicals Article Prize for 2018

Troubling the Cold War Logic of Annihilation: Apocalyptic Temporalities in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” PMLA 130.3 (2015): 599-614.

Winner of the William Riley Parker Prize for 2015

Transnational Healing in Pauline Hopkins’s Of One Blood; or, The Hidden Self.NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 46.3 (2013): 364-85.

Circulation and Resistance: The Marrow of Tradition and the 1900 New Orleans Race Riot.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 1.2 (2013): 363-85.

The Anxiety of Audience: Economies of Readership in James’ Hawthorne.” Henry James Review 34.1 (2013): 1-15.

“‘To be indifferent and to be young’: Disraeli, Sybil, and the Preservation of an American ‘Race,’ 1879-1912.” Victorian Literature and Culture 39.2 (2011): 463-82.

Finding a Voice: Reconciling Competing Discourses in Student Work.” The WAC Journal 20 (2009): 63-74.

Short Scholarly Essay

The End of Reconstruction, Again: Dylann Roof, Thomas Dixon, Jr., and the Transhistorical Structures of Racist Feeling.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 6.1 (2018): 174-81.

Book Chapters

Earth/Atmosphere: The Leonid Meteor Shower, 1833,” in Crossings in Nineteenth-Century American Culture: Junctures of Time, Space, Self and Politics, ed. Edward Sugden (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022): 29-40.

Chapter 9: Antebellum Anticipations of Complete Annihilation,” in Apocalypse in American Literature and Culture, ed. John Hay (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020): 122-33.


Professors in Space: Universities can’t escape the scramble for outer space — but they can shape it.” Chronicle of Higher Education Review August 9, 2021.

U.S. worries about space aliens and UFOs are older than you think.” Washington Post June 25, 2021.

Reprinted: “U.S. worries about space aliens and UFOs are older than you think,” MSN News June 25, 2021.

Reprinted: “Gordon Fraser: A brief history of America’s fascination with aliens,” National Post [Toronto, Canada] June 28, 2021.

The Twitterization of the Academic Mind.” The Chronicle of Higher Education Review March 22, 2019.

Public Humanities

A New Planet in the System.” Lapham’s Quarterly Roundtable, July 8, 2021.

Makandal and the African Wild Boar: Reprinting and Race Science in the American Literature Classroom.” Common-place: Just Teach One 8 (Spring 2016).

Yellow Bird and the Thunder: On Finding the Earliest Known Poem by John Rollin Ridge, the First Native American Novelist.” Common-place 14.4 (2014).

Book Reviews

Rev. of Book Traces: Nineteenth-Century Readers and the Future of the Library. Andrew M. Stauffer. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021. Modern Philology. Online 23 November 2021. Forthcoming in print.

Rev. of Plagiarama! William Wells Brown and the Aesthetic of Attractions, by Geoffrey Sanborn, and The Moral Economies of American Authorship: Reputation, Scandal, and the Nineteenth-Century Marketplace, by Susan RyanAmerican Literature 90.1 (2018): 174-76.

Rev. of The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States: Histories, Textualities, Geographies, eds. Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael Drexler. MELUS  42.4 (2017): 221–23.