I'm an Assistant Professor of English at Colby College, having taught previously in the English Department at Georgetown University for three years. At Colby I also serve on the Advisory Board for the program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS).
I specialize in 18th-century British and transatlantic literatures, as well as literature and culture of the Enlightenment, with particular interests in epistemology, science writing, theories of exceptionalism, satire, fictionality, and the novel. Here you can find more details about my research, including links to my peer-reviewed scholarship.
Along with my academic work, I write national media essays about politics, literature, teaching, and higher education. I'm a regular blogger at The Ploughshares Blog, the blog of Ploughshares literary journal, based in Boston. My essays have also appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Salon, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, Alternet, MSN, and others. I also write "Exegetic Rap Blog," which features playful analyses of rap music as instructive models for literary criticism and interpretation.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, I ran Division I track and cross country at Bucknell, where I was an All-Conference and IC4A All-East selection multiple years.