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 new 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the role of literacy in colonial American captivity narratives, Captive on the Literacy Frontier, and an edition of an unpublished early American novel, Columbia’s Promise.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 am a co-editor of an online bibliographic database, the Memory Studies Bank.

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