Assistant Professor of American Literature, University of North Georgia
Department of English (2017- Present)

Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow
Georgia Institute of Technology (2016-2017)

Visiting Fellow in American Studies
Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany (2013-2014)


Ph.D. English, emphasis in Critical Theory. University of California, Davis. 2016.
B.A. English & Political Science. Wake Forest University. 2008


Peer-Reviewed Articles

“From Obama’s Presidency to Beatty’s Booker Prize: On the Notion of the ‘Racial Sellout.’” African American Review (Forthcoming Winter 2020)

“Between Periodical Studies and Intellectual History: KAPITALISTATE (1973-83) at the Dawn of Neoliberalism.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 64.3 (2019): 291-410.

“Sinclair Lewis and the Liberals Who Never Learn: Reading Politics in It Can’t Happen Here.” Studies in the Novel 51.4 (Winter 2019): 523-545.

“Surveying American Late Modernism: Partisan Review and the Cultural Politics of the Questionnaire.” Modernism/modernity Print+ 4.1 (2019):

“Cocktails or Communism? Vanity Fair‘s Belated Women of the 1930s.” American Periodicals (Fall 2019).

“Liberal Use of Possession: Intellectuals, Abortion, and Tess Slesinger’s Modernism.” ELH (Fall 2018): 803-824.

“Style, Ideology, and Autonomy: Making Room for Late Modernism in the American Scene.” Literature Compass 14.10 (2017): 10.1111/lic3.12408.

“Liberalism’s Blind Judgment: Richard Wright’s Native Son and the Politics of Reception.” Modern Fiction Studies 61.1 (Spring 2015): 90-113.

Chapters in an Edited Volume

“On or about 1989: Liberal Pluralism at the End of History.” The Routledge Companion to Politics and Literature. Routledge Publishing (Forthcoming 2022)

“Periodicals and Popular Culture: Science Fiction Pulps.” The State of Magazine Studies. transcript press, Germany (Forthcoming 2021)

Partisan Review.” The Routledge Companion to the Literary Magazine. Routledge Publishing (Forthcoming 2021)

“Richard Wright’s Contemporary Reception.” Richard Wright in Context. Cambridge UP. (Forthcoming 2021)

Book Reviews

Viral Modernism: The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature, by Elizabeth Outka. South Atlantic Review (Forthcoming 2021)

Transatlantic Aliens: Modernism, Exile, and Culture in Midcentury America, by Will Norman. Canadian Journal of Comparative Literature (Forthcoming)

The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Lindsey Banco. American Literary History Online Series XIII (2017)

Bleak Liberalism by Amanda Anderson. Studies in the Novel 49.4 (Winter 2017): 559-561.

The Democratic Surround: Multimedia & American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties, by Fred Turner. Amerikastudien / American  Studies 60.1 (Winter 2015)

Pedagogy Essays, Reference Work and Other Publications

Academic Advisor for Gale Cengage Short Story Criticism volume on Richard Wright’s “The Man Who Lived Underground.” (2017)

“Teaching Modernism through the Little Magazines.” TECHStyle (Nov 2016)

“On the Use and Abuse of Dostoevsky’s The Possessed for Reading Tess Slesinger’s The Unpossessed.” Notes and Queries 259.1 (March 2014): 135-36.

“California Paranoia in Germany: Teaching the Political Aesthetic of Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49.” Teaching American Literature in Theory and Practice 7.3/4 (Fall/Winter 2014): 36-48.

1919,” “The 42nd Parallel,” and “The Big Money” by John Dos Passos. Three linked entries for The Literary Encyclopedia (2011-2012)


Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia                                                  (2017-       )

American Science Fiction (Seminar)
The Short Story: Principles of Modern Fiction
Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (Seminar)
Seeing Race in Literature, Law, and Film (Seminar)
American Modernism (Seminar)
American Literature II (Survey 1865- )
African-American Literature (Survey)
Multicultural American Literature (Survey)
Composition I and II

Instructor, Georgia Institute of Technology                                                            (2016-2017)
From Print Culture to Digital Archive: American Literature and its Periodicals

Visiting Instructor, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany           (2013-2014)
Introduction to Critical Theory (MA Seminar)
“African-American Modernisms” (MA Seminar)
Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture
Written Composition: “Introducing the Mechanics of Literary Criticism”

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis                                              (2009-2010)
Modern Literary and Critical Theory
The Cultural History of the Blues
Introduction to Literary Theory
The American Novel, 1900-
The Literature of Secrecy and Terror


Selected Conference Papers 
(2019) “Arthur Miller and the Ends of Tragedy.” SAMLA, Nov. 16-18
(2019) “Modernity, Liberalism, and the End of Tragedy.” Modernist Studies Association, Oct. 16-20
(2018) “The Audacity of Satire: Obama, Beatty, and the Racial Sellout.” Symposium on the Post-Obama Ethos, organized by the Obama Institute  and Georgia St, Mar 23-24
(2018) “Sinclair Lewis and the Liberals Who Never Learn.” Modern Language Association, Jan 4-7.
(2017) “High Modernism and Low Blows: Tess Slesinger’s Party Politics.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Nov. 3-5.
(2017) “Surveying American Late Modernism: Partisan Review and the Modernist Questionnaire.” Modernist Studies Association, August 10-13.
(2017) “A Liberal Modernism? Crisis and Political Critique in the American 1930s.” American Comparative Literature Association, July 6-9.
(2017) “‘The Situation in American Writing’: Partisan Review and the Cultural Politics of the Modernist Questionnaire.” American Literature Association, May 25-28.
(2017) “Liberal Use of Possession: Intellectuals, Abortion, and Tess Slesinger’s 1930s.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Mar. 23-26
(2016) “Cocktails and Communism: Tess Slesinger and the Ironies of the Modernist Party.” American Literature Association, May 26-29
(2015) “From Democratic Party to Liberal Totalitarianism: Norman Mailer’s Presidential Papers.” Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association, Nov. 6-8
(2015) “Nabokov, JFK, and the Politics of Style,” Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute, June 22-28
(2014) “Making Room for Late Modernism: Autonomy and Its Discontents,” Modernist Studies Association 16, Nov 6-9
(2014) “Tragic Liberalism in Midcentury America,” British Association for American Studies, April 10-13
(2013) “A ‘Functional Failure’: Documenting Tragic Politics in James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” Modernist Studies Association 15, Aug 29-Sep 3

Other Conference Participation
(2019) “Translation and Transnational Periodical Cultures” Workshop. Zentrum für Interkulturelle Studien, JGU, Germersheim, Germany.
(2018) “Liberalism and Modernism.” Modernist Studies Association Seminar Co-Organizer, Nov 7-9
(2017) “Cultures High and Low in 20th Century US Literature.” Chair SAMLA 89, Atlanta Nov 3-5
(2017) Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, BC, Canada June 12-16
(2015) “Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute, June 22-28
(2014) “The Concept of Late Modernism,” Panel Organizer/Chair, MSA 16, Nov 6-9
(2014) American Studies Graduate Student Symposium. Organizer, JGU, Mainz, Germany, Mar 22

Invited Talks, Interviews, and Podcasts
(2019) “Strong or Weak Theory? Reading Modern Magazines.” Invited Talk at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Mainz, Germany
(2018-19) “Race Relations in American Culture.” Lecture Series at Forsyth Public Library, Georgia, including Morrison’s “Recitatif,” Larsen’s Passing, Kramer’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
(2017-19) “Whiteness and American Literature,” “Fascism and its Symbols: from Germany to the United States.” “Race Relations at UNG.” Invited Talks with Black Student Union, UNG
(2016-7) “What’s in a Word?” Interview Series with WREK 91.1 Atlanta. “Pynchonesque” Dec. 14; “Public Humanities” Apr. 10; “Postmodernism” Nov. 11; “Liberalism” Oct. 10. (2017)
(2017) “Partisan Review and American Radicalism.” Invited Talk at the Obama Institute, July 11


(2019) Fellowship, The Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Mainz, Germany
(2019) Presidential Incentive Research Award ($10,000), University of North Georgia
(2018) Shott Award for Research Support, University of North Georgia
(2018) Shott Award for Teaching Support, University of North Georgia
(2017) Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) Grant, Georgia Institute of Technology
(2017) Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center Grant, Georgia Institute of Technology
(2015-16) Provosts’ Dissertation Year Fellowship. University of California, Davis
(2015) Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. University of California, Davis
(2015) Summer Dissertation Fellowship. University of California, Davis
(2013-2014) Mainz Exchange Fellowship. Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany


(2018-2020) UNG Press Faculty Board
(2020) Hiring Committee, Assistant Professor of Education, UNG
(2018-20) Writing Curriculum Review Committee (USG Gateway to Completion Project), UNG
(2018-20) Hoag Campus Lecture Series Committee, UNG
(2017-20) B.A. Thesis (2) and M.A.T. Exam Committees (2), UNG
(2020) Reader, The Comparatist
(2019) Reader, Atlantic Studies
(2019) Reader, South Atlantic Review
(2018-19) Literature Curriculum Committee, UNG
(2018) Georgia Conference on Undergraduate Research Advisor, UNG
(2017-18) Hiring Committee, Assistant Professor of English, UNG
(2016-17) Programmatic Assessment Committee, Georgia Institute of Technology
(2016-17) Reader, Contemporary Literature


Modern Language Association
Modernist Studies Association
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

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