Assistant Professor, English and Program in Environmental Thought and Practice; Director, Distinguished Majors Program
Bryan Hall 220
Office Hours: On leave Spring 2020.
19th C American, History of Science, Literature and the Environment
Ph.D. Boston University 2014
M.A. Boston University 2008
B.A. Yale University 2005
“Dickinson and the Politics of Plant Sensibility,” ELH 85.1 (Spring 2018): 41-70.
“Loving the Plant that Saves You,” Common-place. 17.4 (Fall 2017)
“Garden Variety: Botany and Multiplicity in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Abolitionism,” American Literature, 87.3 (September 2015), 489-516.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, MIT, 2015-2016
San Andreas Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2014
ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013-2014
"Chesnutt and the Turpentine Pine," C19 Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biannual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 2018.
"Structuring the Imagination Under the Banner of Science," History of Science Society (HSS), Toronto, CAN, 2017.
"Intelligent Plants: 19th-Century Botany and 21st-Century Politics," Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Detroit, MI, 2017.
"Ice Out: Recycling Thoreau's Journals as Climate Change Data Sets," Modernist Studies Association (MSA), Pasadena, CA, 2016.
“Weeping in the Wild,” Call of the Wild Conference (Oxford/MIT), Cambridge MA, June 2016
“Learning from the Nineteenth-Century Garden,” part of the Beyond Thoreau: Rethinking Environmental Pedagogy seminar, C19 Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biannual Conference, State College, PA, March 2016
“Dickinson and the Politics of Plant Life,” MLA, Austin, TX, January 2016
“Tunnels at Kew: The Industrial Roots of Botanical Empire,” ASLE, Moscow, ID, June 2015