The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History (Princeton UP,  January 2017).

Awarded ASLE’s biennial book prize, Honorable Mention (2019) and the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Award, Honorable Mention (2018).

American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World (OIEAHC/UNCP, 2006).

Winner of the Jamestown Prize for 2005 and Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize for 2006.

Monograph in Progress

The Talking Woods: Black American Life and Its Forest Materials

Edited Volumes 

Robert Beverley’s The History and Present State of Virginia (1705) (OIEAHC/UNCP, 2013).

   The Cambridge Companion to American Literature and the Environment, co-edited with Sarah Ensor (May 2022).

The Norton Critical Edition of William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! (2023).

Articles and Chapters in Journals and Collections

“Epistemologies of the Coast: from Columbus to Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black,” in eds. Andrea Carosso and Sonia Di Loreto, “Coastlines, Oceans and Rivers of North America: Encounters and Ecocrises,” special issue of Iperstoria 19 (Spring/Summer 2022).

“Looking for the Black Outdoors with Dawoud Bey,” in The Cambridge Companion to American Literature and the Environment (May 2022).

“New Materialism and American Environments,” in ed. Jay Cook, The New Materialisms (under submission).

Issue Cover  “Jordan Peele’s Get Out and the Mediation of History,” Representations 155.1 (Summer 2021).

Hardcover Critical Disaster Studies Book“Making Disaster Thinkable through Fiction” in eds. Andy Horowitz and Jacob Remes, Critical Disaster Studies (UPennP, 2021).

Climate and American Literature  “Climate and Race” in ed. Michael Boyden, Climate in American Literature and Culture (Cambridge UP, 2021).

“Richard Wright’s Environments” in ed. Eric D. Lamore, African American Autobiography: Twenty-First Century Contexts and Criticism (U Wisc P, 2016).

As I Lay Dying and the Modern Aesthetics of Ecological Crisis” in ed. John Matthews, The New Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner (Cambridge UP, 2015).

“Zora Neale Hurston and the Environmental Ethic of Risk” in eds. Joni Adamson and Kimberly Ruffin, American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Citizenship: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons with an Introduction by Philip Deloria (Routledge Press, 2013).

“Embodying African Knowledge in Colonial Surinam: Considering Two William Blake Engravings in Stedman’s 1796 Narrative” in eds., Agnes Lugo-Ortiz and Angela Rosenthal, Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World (1599-1889) (Cambridge UP, 2013).

“Faulkner and the Outer Weather of 1927,” American Literary History 24.1 (March 2012) special issue entitled “Sustainability in America.”

“Science, Nature, Race” in eds., Nicholas Canny and Philip D. Morgan, The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World, 1450-1850 (Oxford, UK: Oxford UP, 2011; paper 2013).

“Richard Ligon and the Atlantic Science of Commonwealths” (April, 2010, William and Mary Quarterly). Co-winner of the Lester J. Cappon Prize for best article in the WMQ for 2010.

“Rummaging / in and out of Holds” in a jointly released issue of American Literary History 22.2 (March 2010) and Early American Literature (Spring 2010).

“William Byrd II and the Crossed Languages of Science, Satire, and Empire in British America” in eds., Ralph Bauer and José Antonio Mazzotti, Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities (OIEAHC/UNCP, 2008).

“Diasporic African Sources of Enlightenment Knowledge” in eds., James Delbourgo and Nicholas Dew, Science and Empire in the Atlantic World (Routledge, 2007).

“Scientific Discourse” in ed. Kevin J. Hayes, Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature (Oxford UP, 2007).

Biographical and Bibliographical Essay on “William Byrd II” for The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume I, 4th Edition (2002).

“Women’s Nature: Curiosity, Pastoral, and the New Science in British America,” Early American Literature 37.2 (UNCP, July 2002), 195-238.

“The Female Opossum and the Nature of the New World,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 3d Series, Vol. LIV, No. 3 (July 1997), 475-514 (lead article).  This article was awarded the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture’s Richard L. Morton Award for 1997 and an Honorable Mention for the South-Eastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ Percy Adams Prize for 1998.

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