Most of my research focuses on British literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. My most recent book, Human Evolution and Fantastic Victorian Fiction (2021), explores how 19th-centry British speculative fiction challenges the racist temporalities of Victorian evolutionary anthropology. Primitive Minds: Evolution and Spiritual Experience in the Victorian Novel (2013) brings together evolutionary science with Victorian psychology and spiritualism. I teach courses in my literary fields as well as critical theory at both the introductory undergraduate and the graduate levels. In the past, I have helped organize and teach poetry classes at Douglas County Jail, and I have published on the relationship between criticism and corrections. I have also written articles on film, on the post-colonial politics of museum display, and on the institutional career of cultural studies.
19th-century British literature; science and literature; Victorian speculative fiction
Selected Publications —
Human Evolution and Fantastic Victorian Fiction. Routledge, 2021.
Primitive Minds: Evolution and Spiritual Experience in the Victorian Novel. Ohio State University Press, 2013.
British Discovery Literature and the Rise of Global Commerce. Palgrave, 2002.
Recent Articles and Essays
“William Morris, Utopian Socialism, and the Value of Art over Numbers.” Los Angeles Review of Books. August 19, 2021. William Morris, Utopian Socialism, and the Value of Art over Numbers – BLARB (lareviewofbooks.org)
“How Lewis Carroll Challenged White Supremacy.” Los Angeles Review of Books. April 29, 2021. How Lewis Carroll Challenged White Supremacy – BLARB (lareviewofbooks.org)
“Epigenetic Emergence: Reading for Growth in Jane Eyre.” Textual Practice 33.7 (2019), 1071-1086.
“The Made Man and the Minor Novel: Erewhon, ANT, and Empire.” Victorian Studies 60.1 (Autumn 2017), 53-73.
Awards & Honors —
Frances L. Stiefel Teaching Professor, 2018-2020
Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2011
Conger-Gabel Teaching Professor, 2010-12