Ph.D. (University of California at Irvine)
Early American Literature; Critical Theory
His interests include early American and transatlantic literature, trans-cultural encounter literature, literary theory, and graphic novels. His first book, Inventing Americans in the Age of Discovery: Narratives of Encounter (Ashgate, 2011), examines written accounts of the earliest encounters between Europeans and Native Americans. He is currently working on his second book, on the rhetoric of stupidity in American literature to 1840. Analyzing canonical and lesser-known works by Franklin, Equiano, Trumbull, Tyler, Rowson, Brown, Brackenridge, Irving, Hawthorne, Poe, and Emerson, he argues that America’s long-running battle between blockheads and eggheads is rooted in the national experiment with multicultural citizenship and democracy. He fantasizes about teaching courses on Video Games as Texts and Hip-Hop Poetry.