After months of nail-biting suspense, I received the happy news that I have been named a Fulbright-Botstiber grantee. In 2022 I will serve as a Visiting Professor at the University of Graz, Austria, to pursue my project, “Perspectives of American Protest Literature and Culture from Abroad.” I am thrilled to reconnect with colleagues at Graz, collaborate on publications, teach at the graduate level, and hike the Alps! Read more here.


19th C, 18th C, American Literature, Women’s Studies, African American Studies, Protest Literature and Culture, Social Justice, Environmental Humanities, Print Culture, Material Culture, Periodical Studies, Rhetoric and Composition

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Announcement detailing my Fulbright U.S. Scholar award. Link:


“Bottling Death and Brewing Resistance in Temperance Literature and Reform.” Elusive Archives, edited by Sandy Isenstadt and Martin Brückner, University of Delaware Press (forthcoming 2021).

“Interfering Women: Consumer Activism, Charity, and Women’s Rights in Frances Harper’s Sowing and Reaping,” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 144, no. 3, October 2020, pp. 349-374.

“Polluted Luxuries: Consumer Resistance, the Senses of Horror, and Abolitionist Boycott Poetry.” American Literature vol. 90, no. 1: 1-26.

“Boycott: Literary Interventions in the American Marketplace, 1820-1880,” Dissertation, unpublished, recipient of the Wilbur Owen Sypherd Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities.

Conference Presentations (select)

“Penning Protest under Patriarchy: Frances Harper and Elizabeth Chandler’s Abolitionist Boycott Poetry” at the Northeast MLA, Philadelphia, March 2021

“Playing the Game: Aspiration, Speculation, and Female Sociopathy in Rush’s Kelroy” at the Northeast MLA, Boston, March 2020

“‘A Flood of Demoralizing Influence’: Consumer Resistance and Moral Capital in Frances Harper’s Sowing and Reaping” at the Midwest MLA, Cincinnati, November 2017

“An Economy of Self: From Singleness to Sovereignty in Domestic Writings of Catherine Beecher and Louisa May Alcott” at Single Lives: 200 Years of Independent Women in Literature and Popular Culture, University College Dublin, October 2017

“Bottling Death and Brewing Sanctuary in Temperance Literature and Reform” at the Refuge of Objects/ Objects of Refuge Material Culture Symposium, University of Mainz, Germany; December 2016

Invited Lectures and Presentations (select)

“Interfering Women: Boycott, Women’s Rights, and Temperance Reform in the Volunteer State.” Invited public humanities lecture at Belle Meade Plantation, June 2019

“‘Polluted Luxuries’: What Nineteenth-Century Poetry Can Teach Us about Buying and Selling in a Factious Political Economy.” Invited public humanities lecture at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, March 2019

“Workshop: What’s the Thing with Temperance Tales?” Invited workshop at “The American Short Story: New Horizons” hosted by the American Studies Association Society for the Study of the Short Story and the Obama Institute; University of Mainz, Germany; October 2017

“Farm Fantasies: Humans and Things in Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance.” Invited symposium presentation at “Re-reading Melville and Hawthorne: Contemporary Approaches” at the University of Vienna, May 2017

“Polluted Luxuries: Consumer Resistance, the Senses of Horror, and Abolitionist Boycott Literature.” Invited lecture at the University of Graz, Master Research Methods seminar, American Studies, March 2017

“Books as Things and Things in Books, or, What Material Culture has to do with Literary Studies.” Invited lecture at the University of Heidelberg, American Studies seminar, May 2017

“Boycott: Literary Interventions in the Marketplace, 1820-1880.” Invited graduate consortium presentation at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University of Berlin, May 2017