My scholarly activity circles around the way literature and space are intertwined, specifically in American novels of the 20th and 21st centuries. I am particularly interested in novels that describe the experience of geographical (and, additionally, affective) change brought on by immigration or migration. I use the tool I wrote, NYWalker, to collect geographical data on the novels I investigate.
My academic work relies on collaboration and process, both in and outside the classroom. I work best as part of a team that sees its work as one of experimentation and workshopping towards a project. For example, recently, I coded Torn Apart / Separados, a site that reflects on the state of immigration in the US in 2018 and was covered by WIRED. This focus on teamwork and process is one I aim to teach to my students, as well.
I grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. I defended my dissertation “The Site of the Novel” in January 2014, and I received my PhD from the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago in June 2014.