Curriculum vitae


  • Department of English • 4501 North Charles Street • Baltimore, Maryland 21210
  • e-mail: • phone: (410) 617-5440; fax: (410) 617-2802


  • How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in Literature and Art 1895-1920
  • What Henry James Saw: Visual Technologies and the Evolution of a Literary Style


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Department of English, 2000.
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin, Department of English, 1993.
  • B.A., Carleton College, cum laude, 1991.



  • The Literary Voices of Winnifred Eaton: Redefining Ethnicity and Authenticity (Rutgers 2002).

Articles and encyclopedia entries:

  • “Rising from the Gutter: Rudolph Block, the Comic Strip, and the Ghetto Fiction of Bruno Lessing,” MELUS, Spring 2016.
  • “A New Digital Divide: C21 Editorial Practice and Accessibility,” Legacy, Spring 2016.
  • “An Accidental Activist,” solicited essay for The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies, 2015.
  • “‘Theresa’ and Blake: Mobility and Resistance in Antebellum African American Serialized Fiction,” Callaloo, Winter 2011.
  • “Mobility and Resistance in Antebellum African American Serialized Fiction,” in Transnationalism and American Serial Fiction, ed. Patricia Okker (Routledge 2011).
  •  “The Hideous Obscure of Henry James,” American Periodicals (special issue on visual culture), Fall 2010.
  •  “‘Information Wanted’: Julia C. Collins, F.E.W. Harper, and The Christian Recorder,African American Review (solicited for special issue on Julia C. Collins’s The Curse of Caste, Winter 2006; this issue was the winner of Council of Editors of Learned Journals’ Best Special Issue Award for 2007).
  • “The History of the Book in the American Literature Classroom: On the Fly and On the Cheap,” in Teaching the History of the Book, ed. Ann Hawkins (Pickering and Chatto, 2006).
  • “Newly Recovered Works by Onoto Watanna (Winnifred Eaton): A Prospectus and Checklist,” Legacy, Summer 2004.
  • “Coloring Books: Forms of Turn-of-the-Century American Literature,” Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America, December 2003.

Editions and reprints:

  • Freedom’s Witness: The Civil War Writings of Henry McNeal Turner. Annotated edition with critical introduction (West Virginia University Press 2013).
  • Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays, edited and annotated with Charles Mitchell, with critical introduction (Rutgers 2008).
  • The Winnifred Eaton Digital Archive, University of Virginia Electronic Text Center (now disseminated via Virgo, University of Virginia library catalog; also available at, 2004.
  • A Japanese Nightingale by Winnifred Eaton and Madame Butterfly by John Luther Long: Two Orientalist Texts, edited with Maureen Honey, Ph.D, with critical introduction. Rutgers University Press, 2002.


  • “Storming the Ivory Tower: Undergraduate Research in the Humanities,” keynote address, Loyola University Maryland Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium, April 2015.
  • “Designs that Bind: Racializing the Books of Winnifred Eaton, Charles Chesnutt, and Paul Laurence Dunbar,” Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada, March 2007.


  • “An Accidental Activist: Rediscovering Thoreau after the Death of Freddie Gray,” American Literature Association, May 26, 2016, San Francisco, CA.
  • “The Comic Sensibility in American Culture,” panel on C19 and Graphic Storytelling, C19 biennial conference, March 17, 2016, State College, PA.
  • “A New Digital Divide: C21 Editorial Practice and Accessibility,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) triennial conference, Nov. 6, 2015.
  • “How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility and Immigrant Fiction,” panel on “Envisioning Modernity: America’s Urban Centers,” March 23, 2013, Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston.
  • Panel chair, “Early American Periodicals,” May 28, 2010, American Literature Association, San Francisco.
  • Roundtable participant, “Cultivating Undergraduate Research,” panel hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), May 28, 2010, American Literature Association, San Francisco.
  • “Transcending Literature through Service / Transcending Service through Literature,” Panel on Critical Pedagogy, Service Learning, and Nineteenth-Century Literature, 28 December 2007, Modern Language Association, Chicago.
  • The Christian Recorder,” May 27, 2006, American Literature Association, San Francisco, California.
  • “‘Information Wanted’: Julia C. Collins’s The Curse of Caste, F.E.W. Harper’s Minnie’s Sacrifice, and The Christian Recorder,” May 28, 2005, American Literature Association, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • “History of the Book in the American Literature Classroom: On the Fly and On the Cheap,” April 3, 2004, College Language Association, Richmond, Virginia.
  • “Bound to the Text: Turn-of-the-Century Writers of Color and the Marketplace,” December 28, 2003, Modern Language Association, San Diego, California.
  • “Coloring Books: Forms of American Realism,” January 24, 2003, New Scholars Program, Bibliographic Society of America annual meeting, New York City.
  • “Asia Writ, Asians Writing in Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, 1900-1901,” June 2002, American Literature Association, Long Beach, California.
  • “Going Native: Winnifred Eaton and the Jungle Adventure Film,” April 2002, North American Ethnic Studies Association, Vancouver, British Columbia.


  • Associate Professor, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 2007-present. Courses taught: The Novel in America, Gender in American Literature 1890-1910, Visualizing the 1890s, The Civil War in American Literature, The American West, Imagining Race (course on literature of racial passing), American Literature to 1914, core courses in American literature and literary analysis.
  • Assistant Professor, Loyola College in Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 2001-2007.


  • Co-editor, American Periodicals, 2015-
  • President, Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP), 2013-present. Vice-president, 2012-2013. Board member, 2009-present.
  • Co-founder and editor, Proto: An Undergraduate Humanities Journal, 2010-present.
  • Loyola University Maryland, Board of Rank and Tenure, 2011-2014.
  • Founder and program director, Loyola University Maryland minor program in American Studies, 2006-2014.


  • Loyola University Maryland Technology Research Grant, 2016-2017.
  • Loyola University Maryland Senior Sabbatical, 2014-2015, 2007-2008.
  • Loyola College Kolvenbach Fellow, Spring 2007.
  • Loyola College Center for the Humanities Junior Faculty Sabbatical, Spring 2005.
  • Nominated for NEH Summer Stipend by Loyola College, 2005.
  • James Davis Scholarship, Rare Book School, University of Virginia, 2003.

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