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University of California, Irvine,  PhD in English, 2004
University of Chicago, MA in Comparative Literature, 1993
Binghamton University, NY, BA in English, 1990



On Records: Delaware Indians, Colonists, and the Media of History and Memory (University of Nebraska Press, 2012)



reviews and reference


invited talks

  • Rethinking Land and Language: Dialogues in Early American and Indigenous Studies (symposium). The Columbia University Seminar in American Studies and the Columbia University Seminar in Early American History and Culture. April 26, 2013, New York.
  • “Tantaqué’s Tortoise: A Story of Welikia. American Literature to 1800 Division Panel, the Modern Language Association Convention, January 6, 2012
  • “Punic Bargains and Native Traditions,” Columbia University Seminar in Early American History and Culture, September 9, 2009
  • “Writing, Memory, and Native Land: Delawares and Colonists.” Stony Brook Institute for the Historical Social Sciences, April 15, 2009
  • “The Transition from Graduate School to Faculty.” The Graduate Student Breakfast, Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference, Hamilton, Bermuda, March 7 2009
  • ‘The True Intention of the Grantors’: Lenape Traditions, Quaker Testimonies, and the Walking Purchase.” McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, October 3 2008
  • “Early Americanist Grammatology”, Early American Mediascapes Symposium, Duke University, February 15-16 2008
  • “A Story of Empire,” The Dalton School, New York City, February 5, 2008
  • “The Indian Walk and the Paper Trail,” Colloquium, Library Company of Philadelphia, June 20, 2007
  • “Early American Literacies: Two Sample Lessons,” Teaching American History, and Institute for Santa Ana Unified School District Fifth-Grade Teachers, July 10, 2006, University of California, Irvine
  • “Re-Reading the Walking Purchase,” Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Colloquium, Williamsburg VA November 2, 2004
  • “Humanities Out There, the California History-Social Science Project, and Primary America.” Woodrow Wilson on the West Coast: Woodrow Wilson Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting. October 17, 2002, Los Angeles
  • “Introduction to William Byrd’s Histories of the Dividing Line.” Early Ibero/Anglo Americanist Summit, Tucson, Arizona May 16-19, 2002
  • Teaching World History Together. The California History-Social Science Project, UC Irvine, May 4 2002


  • “‘A Singular Gift from a Savage’: Literature and Literacies in the Journal of Captain Thomas Morris.” The War Called Pontiac’s, 1763-2013,  McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Philadelphia, April 4-6 2013.
  • “‘By the Rivers’: Psalm 137 as a Site of Encounter.” The Society of Early Americanists Eighth Biennial Conference. Savannah, GA, February 28 2012.
  • “‘It Couldn’t Be Robbery to Steal That’: Plagiarism and Twain’s ‘Jumping Frog’” (co-presented with Brandi So), Modern Language Association Convention, Boston, January 4 2012.
  • Panel Chair, “The Rise of the Racial Economy in the Atlantic World,”8th Biennial Conference of the Charles Brockden Brown Society, April 19, 2012.
  • “Memories in/of Early America,” panel organizer, chair, and respondent. American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, October 20-23, 2011.
  • “Exceptional Women: Challenging Comparisons” (Co-Panel Chair, with Tamara Harvey); “Daughters of Kahnawake: Catherine Tekakwitha and Eunice Williams” (Presenter). Early American Borderlands, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, 13-16 May 2010
  • “Triangulations” (panel chair) and “‘Tatamy’s Place’: Communal Identity and Individual Aspirations in the Delaware Valley,” Society of Early Americanists Sixth Biennial Conference. Hamilton, Bermuda, March 4-7 2009
  • “Early American Literary Scholarship and Social Science Fields,” on the “Theorizing Early American Literature” panel of the American Literature to 1800 division, Modern Language Association Convention, December 27-30 2008
  • “The Radical Historiography of Penn’s Treaty,” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 16-19, 2008
  • “'[T]hey had not understood it was to be done that way’: Colonial Land Transactions, Interpretation, and Equivocation,” Prophetstown Revisited, Purdue University, April 3-5, 2008
  • “Early Americanist Grammatology,” Joint Society of Early Americanists/Omohundro Institute Conference, Williamsburg, June 7-10 2007
  • “Punic Bargains and Native Histories,” The Netherlandish 17th Century and Its Afterlives Duke University, March 3, 2007
  • “Walking and Talking in Edgar Huntly,” Brown and the Bayou: Politics, Writing, and Borderlands in the Postrevolutionary Circumatlantic World (Charles Brockden Brown Society) New Orleans, November 2-4, 2006
  • “Books and their Readers To 1800 and Beyond” (Seminar Participant) American Antiquarian Society Summer Seminar, Worcester, MA, June 12-15, 2006
  • “Language Ideologies and Cultural Contact” (Panel Chair). Twelfth Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, Université de Laval, Quebec City, June 9-11, 2006
  • “How to do Things with Words in Colonial America: the Derrida Searle Debate and an Indian-English Contract Dispute.” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Princeton, March 24-26, 2006
  • “Bull Stories.” Early American Cartographies. The Newberry Library, Chicago, March 2-4, 2006
  • “Captive Literacies in the Eastern Woodlands.” Beyond Colonial Studies: an Inter-American Encounter. Providence, RI, November 4-6, 2004
  • The Walam Olum and Native North American Literacies,” American Literature Association 15th Annual Conference, San Francisco May 27-30.  2004
  • “The Cultural Politics of the Walam Olum.” Roots and Routes in Early America, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, October 2-4, 2003
  • “The Intellectual History of the Walking Purchase.” The Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference, April 10-13, 2003, Providence
  • “‘It must evaporate in translation’: Translation and the Colonial Sublime in Cooper and Scott.” The American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Cal-State San Marcos, April 4-6 2003
  • “American Independence in World-Historical Perspective.” Is There a World History?: Putting the Pieces Together. The California History-Social Science Project, UC Irvine, May 4 2002
  • “Hester and Huck in High School: Teaching The Scarlet Letter and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in the 1960s.” Speaking History/History Speaks: Theorizing Communication in History, UC Irvine, October 12-14 2001
  • “Legends of the Hills: Irving, Harte and the Transmogrification of Local Legend from the Wall of Manitou to Mount Diablo.” Spaces and Places in Early America, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, September 21-22 2001
  • “Captive on the Literacy Frontier: Rowlandson, Smith, Johnston.” The Seventh Annual Conference of  the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, University of Glasgow, Scotland, July 10-15, 2001
  • “Cannibalism, Conquest and the Interior Other: Montaigne, Las Casas, Cabeza de Vaca.” Morality and Its Other(s), Albion College, Albion, Michigan, November 9-11, 2000

scholarships and academic honors:

  • Stony Brook Nominee for National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend – 2009
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarship – The Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS) Independent Research Grant, Stony Brook University 2006
  • Isaiah Thomas Scholarship, American Antiquarian Society, 2006
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of Southern California
  • Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow, The Huntington Library, 2004
  • “Most Promising Future Faculty Member,” UCI School of Humanities, 2003
  • Humanities Research Grant, UCI 2003
  • Woodrow Wilson Foundation Practicum Grant, 2002
  • Humanities Graduate Essay Award, UCI, 2002
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, 2000-2001
  • Century Scholarship, University of Chicago, 1992-1996
  • Phi Beta Kappa

teaching/research positions:

  • Associate Professor of English, 2011 —
  • Assistant Professor of English, Stony Brook University (2005-2011)
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, University of Southern California (2004-05)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of California, Irvine (2002-2004)
  • Workshop Leader, Humanities Out There, UC Irvine (2001-2002)
  • Instructor, Wilbur Wright College of the City Colleges of Chicago (1995)
  • Instructor, Pace University, New York City (1994-1995)

selected courses taught

  • Early American Studies (606)
  • Early American Literature in the British Atlantic Long Eighteenth Century (606)
  • “Christians” and “Savages” in New World Literatures (606)
  • Proseminar: The Discipline of Literary Studies (600)
  • Language, Literacy and American Literature (585)
  • Native American Texts and Contexts (379)
  • Early American Literature (316)
  • American Literature I (217)
  • Literary Analysis and Argumentation (204)

other employment:

Writer, New Visions for Public Schools, from 1998 – 2000


Spanish (Excellent), French (Fair)


at stony brook university

  • Graduate Program Director, Department of English (2012- )
  • Search Committee in Victorian Literature (2011-12)
  • Representative: Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life
  • Conference Co-Organizer (with Ned Landsman) The Worlds of Lion Gardiner, c. 1599-1663: Crossings and Boundaries. March 20-21, 2009
  • Graduate Program Committee (2008-2011)
  • Manager, English Department web site and e-lists (2006-9)
  • Teaching in College of Human Development (Spring 2007)
  • Search Committee in Multi-Ethnic Literature (Fall 2007)
  • Teaching & Learning with Technology Advisory Board (2006-8; 2009-2010)
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (2005-6)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee (2005-06)

at large

  • Panelist, NEH Mock Grant Reviews, How to Get Your Proposal Funded, The Levin Institute, NY, May 29, 2009
  • Society of Early Americanists — On-Line Directory Manager (1998-2006)


  • Modern Language Association
  • Society of Early Americanists
  • American Studies Association

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