American lit from 1880, experimentalism, history of science, gender and sexuality, childhood, and media studies.

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Experimental: American Literature and the Aesthetics of Knowledge (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019).

Articles and chapters (peer reviewed)

“Experimentalism by Contact.” diacritics 43.1 (Autumn 2015): 6-35.

“Environmental Innocence and Slow Violence.” WSQ 43.1&2 (Spring/Summer 2015):164-80.

“Ways of Not Reading Gertrude Stein.” ELH 82.1 (Spring 2015): 281-312.

“Marianne Moore’s Precision.” Arizona Quarterly 67.4 (Winter 2011): 83-110.

Publications (editor reviewed)

“Everything Is Dangerous: Three New Foucauldian Interventions.” Review essay. GLQ 25.3 (June 2019): 483–496.

Review of Mark Seltzer, The Official World, 2016. Textual Practice 31.3 (March 2017): 585–88.

Commentary: “The Poetics of Irritation,” Jacket2 (June–July 2016).

“Everybody’s Authority.” In “The Changing Profession: The Semipublic Intellectual,” PMLA 130.2 (March 2015): 453–60.

“Introduction: Theory and the Virtues of Digital Humanities” and “When Digital Humanities Was in Vogue.” Journal of Digital Humanities 1.1 (Winter 2011). Web. <http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/1-1/>.

“Sentimental Spaces: On Mei-mei Berssenbrugge’s Nest.” Jacket2 (23 May 2011). Web. <http://jacket2.org/article/sentimental-spaces>.

“Evaluation.” In Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman, eds., The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edition. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012.


Blog Posts


Book manuscripts in progress

“The Embryology of the Closet: Shelled Poetics, Biopolitics, and the Death Drive.”

“The Embryology of the Closet” emerges from a key moment in the history of the “evolutionary synthesis” between Darwinian evolution and Mendelian genetics in biology: in 1905, a young Bryn Mawr College PhD named Nettie Stevens published her monograph on the existence and functions of sex chromosomes, Studies in Spermatogenesis. “The Embryology of the Closet” examines the role of embryological discourses in both biopolitics and the Freudian theory of the death drive via a network of elite white women—Stevens, M. Carey Thomas, Marianne Moore, H.D., Florence Sabin, and Gertrude Stein—at the interface of queer women’s culture and research biology.


“Racial Capitalism and the Mycological Turn.” With Dr. Samuel Solomon.

Why are fungi having a “moment”? This project tracks fungi as a rhetorical, conceptual, and material resource for imagining futures in the face of both ecological collapse and capitalist secular stagnation across speculative fiction, poetics, alternative medicine and wellness culture, and biotech startups. Historically understudied relative to plants and animals, fungi offer many surprises about “what we know” about living things, allowing them to appear to unite science and magic, and thereby offer a “fungal fix” for planetary exhaustion.

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