I teach classes on 18th- and 19-Century American Literature. My scholarship concerns slavery and slave resistance before the Civil War.
I have focused on the Haitian Revolution and its aftermath in much of my work. I am now working on fugitive slave narratives and stretching into the late 19th Century to explore their influence upon formal changes in American fiction, for example limited first person perspective. I am also working on a novel that is tangentially related to John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. My PhD is from Brown University and my A.B. from Cornell. Courses I teach include US/Fever Fantasy Desire, Melville and Monotheism, The Human Motor of American Realism, Early American Literature, Fugitive Slave Narratives, and Public Speaking. I enjoy boating on the Susquehanna River, playing guitar, slot cars, and being with my wife and kids. My favorite book i s Absalom! Absalom! though Moby Dick is a close second. Authors I regularly teach include Charles Brockden Brown, Leonora Sansay, Tabitha Tenney, Hannah Webster Foster, Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Charles Chesnutt, among others. I’m interested in Psychoanalytic- and Marxist Theory.