About

Photo I am an assistant professor of English at Northwestern University, where I teach courses in Native American literature, early American literature and culture, and medicine and literature.

My scholarship focuses on science and medicine in early America, Native American literatures, the history of race in America, and colonial literatures of the Caribbean.  My first book, Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures, was published in 2013 by the University of Massachusetts Press, in the Native Americans in the Northeast series.  My scholarly edition of Edward Winslow’s Good News from New England (1624) was published in 2014, also by the University of Massachusetts Press.  I am currently co-editing (with Alyssa Mt. Pleasant and Caroline Wigginton) a joint forum on the relations between early American studies and Native American and Indigenous Studies for the journals Early American Literature and the William and Mary Quarterly.

My current book project, Assembled Relations: Compilation, Collection, and Native American Writing, investigates how Native American writers, diplomats, ministers, and tribal leaders adapted forms of compilation—herbals, vocabulary lists, museum inventories, catalogs, and commonplace books—to restore and remake environmental, epistemological, and interpersonal relations disrupted by colonialism.

I was the Andrew W. Mellon / Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History at the Newberry Library in 2015, as well as the recipient of an NEH Summer Stipend for summer 2015.  In summer 2016, I co-taught (with Kathleen Washburn, U of New Mexico) the Newberry Library Consortium in American Indian and Indigenous Studies graduate student seminar, on “Writing Indigenous Histories: Print, Material, and Digital Sites of Memory.”  My research has also been supported by fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society, the John Carter Brown Library, and the University of North Texas. At UNT, I was the recipient of the Thomas Preston Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching.

UPCOMING TALKS

In April 2017, I will be the keynote speaker at Purdue University’s Early Atlantic Reading Group conference.

In June 2017, I am participating on a roundtable at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association on “Indians in the Archive.”