Selected Publications

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“Reading Is Theft: Literature and the Culture of Property.” Manuscript in progress.

Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Episodic Poetics: Politics and Literary Form after the Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2014).


The Federalist and the Founders.” The Cambridge History of the American Essay. Ed. Jason Childs and Christy Wampole. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2024.

“Reading between Freedom and Necessity.” Critical Inquiry 48.3 (Spring 2022): 499-521. PDF

“The Law of Form and the Form of the Law.” Nineteenth-Century American Literature in Transition, vol. 1: 1770-1828. Ed. William Huntting Howell and Greta LaFleur. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2022. PDF

“Ethics of Reading.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Gen. Ed. John Frow. Ed. Mark Byron, Pelagia Goulimari, Sean Pryor, and Julie Rak. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. PDF

“You Have To Read First.” American Literary History 29.1 (Spring 2017): 142-155. PDF

“An Imperial Syllabus.” History and Theory 55 (May 2016): 302-313. PDF

“Subterranean Gratification: Reading after the Picaro.” Critical Inquiry 42.1 (Autumn 2015): 97-123. PDF

“History with a Capital H.” Radical History Review 118 (Winter 2014): 197-203. PDF

“The Self-Made Son: Social Competition and the Vanishing Mother in Franklin’s Autobiography.” ELH 80.2 (Summer 2013): 519-542. PDF

“The Romance of Real Politics.” American Quarterly 64.4 (December 2012): 795-798. PDF

“The Liquid Life: Money and the Circulation of Success after Franklin.” Journal of Cultural Economy 4.3 (August 2011): 315-328. Reprinted in Brad Pasanek and Simone Polillo, eds., Beyond Liquidity: The Metaphor of Money in Financial Crisis (Routledge, 2013).

Single-Title Book Reviews

“Objective Eventfulness.” Review of Yoon Sun Lee, The Natural Laws of Plot: How Things Happen in Realist Novels (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022). NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 57.1 (May 2024).

Peter Martin, The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight over the English Language (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2019). American Literary History Online Review, 2020.

Colin Wells, Poetry Wars: Verse and Politics in the American Revolution and  Early Republic (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). Modern Language Quarterly 80.3 (September 2019): 340-343.

David Scott, Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2014). e-misférica 12.1 (2015).

Mark Rifkin, Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Journal of the History of Sexuality 24.3 (September 2015).

Christopher N. Phillips, Epic in American Culture: Settlement to Reconstruction (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). Journal of American Studies 49.3 (August 2015).

Robin Peel and Daniel Maudlin, ed., Transatlantic Traffic and (Mis)Translations (Durham: University of New Hampshire Press, 2013). Early American Literature 49.3 (Winter 2014): 803-807.

Other Publications

“Inspiration against Defeat?: Envisioning a World to Win.” Review of Michael Löwy, Revolutions (Chicago: Haymarket, 2020). Against the Current 215 (November-December 2021): 37-39.

“Infinite Use of Finite Means.” Against the Current 200 (May-June 2019): 38-39, 44.

“Panther Power, Dual Power?” Forthcoming in Against the Current.

“Anti-Imperialist Dreamwork.” Review of Alex Lubin, Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014). Against the Current 173 (November-December 2014): 32-33.

“You Can’t Kill a Revolution.” Review of Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013). Against the Current 168 (January-February 2014): 34-35.