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Department of English
Robert Bell Building (RB), Room 297
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Since arriving at Ball State in
2011, I have taught an array of early American and ethnic American classes.
Whether in a pre-1800 American literature course or an African American
literature seminar, I engage my students in discussions about how literary,
cultural, and historical developments intersect.
My teaching and research
overlap through the exploration of these issues. My current book project, Sentimental
Diplomacy: US Literary History and the Transamerican Nineteenth Century, is
in the final stages of revision. Sentimental Diplomacy examines how
sentimental discourse becomes a tool for negotiating slave rebellions,
indigenous resistance, and independence wars in the nineteenth-century
Caribbean, US, and Mexico. In narratives by such authors as Harriet A. Jacobs,
Leonora Sansay, John Rollin Ridge, and Frederick Douglass, fleeting but forceful
intrusions of affective discourse help shape a transamerican US imaginary. The
acts of “sentimental diplomacy” that I explore inevitably underwrite questions
of genre, incommensurability, and transamerican comparability—questions central
to both this project and my research interests more broadly.
Areas of specialization:
Early American literature;
eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century U.S. literature; ethnic U.S.
literatures; American and transamerican studies; environmental literature and
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