About me

I teach in the English department of Stony Brook University, where my fields of specialization are early American and Native American studies. I am also Director of the Graduate Program.

The image at right is the cover of my book, On Records: Delaware Indians, Colonists (University of Nebraska Press, 2012). Click here to read more about it.

I was born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, and now live in Brooklyn with my family. I’m a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and the State University of New York, Binghamton; I did my graduate studies in Comparative Literature and English at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Irvine. Before coming to Stony Brook, I held an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California.

My current projects include a book on the role of literacy in colonial American captivity narratives, Captive on the Literacy Frontier, and an edition of an unpublished early American novel, Columbia’s Promise. I’ll be on leave during the 2015-16 academic year. In the Fall semester, I’ll be a Fellow at the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University.

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