I am Associate Professor of English, and an Affiliate of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies. I joined the UTEP faculty in 2005 after completing my M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature at New York University; I earned my B.A. at Oberlin College. My teaching and research center on North American literatures and culture prior to 1900, and focus primarily on the evolving western geographies of American empire in the 19th Century. I am particularly interested in representations of language, race, and embodiment; the literary and scientific networks of westward expansionism; borderlands theory; and the expressive cultures of Native America. My book, Ethnology and Empire: Languages, Literature, and the Making of the North American Borderlands was published by NYU Press in 2015 as part of the series, “America and the Long 19th Century,” and is the winner of the 2016 Early American Literature Book Prize. Other academic essays on 19th Century literature and culture have appeared in Western American Literature, LEGACY, and The Wordsworth Circle; a recent essay on the Humor of the Old Southwest was published in the collection, Mapping Region in Early American Writing (University of Georgia Press, 2015). My work has been supported by research fellowships awarded by the American Philosophical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, the John Carter Brown Library, and the University Research Institute at UTEP.
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