Contemporary American Literature, Critical Theory, Aesthetics


PhD, Rutgers, 2008
MA, Rutgers, 2004
BA, Sarah Lawrence College, 2001


Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Selected Articles
“Six Propositions on Compromise Aesthetics,” The Account, Fall 2014. 

“Postmodernism and the Affective Turn,” Twentieth-Century Literature 57:3 & 57:4 (2011): 423-446.

“Materialism, Ecology, Aesthetics,” Mediations 25:2 (2011): 61-78.

“Organic Shrapnel: Affect and Aesthetics in September 11 Fiction,” American Literature 83:1 (2011): 153-174.

“Ecology Beyond Ecology: Life After the Accident in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy,” Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies 55:3 (2009): 545-565.

“Grief Time: The Crisis of Narrative in Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist,” Polygraph: An International Journal of Culture and Politics 18 (2006): 99-110.

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