I am a Ph.D. candidate in English at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. My areas of specialization are early and 19th-century American and U.S. literatures and cultures (especially womens’, African American, and Native American writing and expression), and print, visual, and material cultures. I am currently working on a book manuscript for “Our Paper Allegories,” an exploration of how writers and readers from the 17th through 19th centuries perceived paper as a meaningful thing – that is, a thing that carried meanings aside from, or in addition to, whatever might have been printed on it. This website’s banner image is taken from my research. The project provides new readings of work by Anne Bradstreet, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, William Wells Brown, and Simon Pokagon, among others. I am also beginning a new project that addresses questions of space, geography, and the scales of U.S. literary history. The first part of this work is an essay on fugitivity, Mark Twain, and Millard Fillmore.
I am an avid reader, cook, letterpress printer, traveler, and a fan of cats and Buffalo sports.