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Current Position Chair, Department of English, University of Western Ontario
President, University of Western Ontario Faculty Association
Associate Director, Centre for American Studies, University of Western
Degrees BA, English, UC Berkeley, May 1991 PhD, English, UC Berkeley, December 1996 Positions Held Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Western Ontario,
Vice-President, University of Western Ontario Faculty Association, 2010-2011 Publications “States of Emergency: Crisis, Panic and the Nation,” Canadian Review of
American Studies. 42, no 1 (Winter 2012), 1-6.
“Keywords in Early American Studies: Nation,” Early American Literature 46,
“The Object of Study, or, Are We Being Transnational Yet?” The Journal of
Transnational American Studies 2.1 (January 2010): 1-28
“Mary Rowlandson and the Invention of the Secular,” Early American
“Criminal Correspondence: Loyalism, Espionage, and Crevecoeur.” Early
American Literature 37, no. 2 (Winter 2002): 469-496.
“Border-Shopping: American Studies and the Anti-Nation,”Globalization on the
Line: Culture, Citizenship, and Capital at U.S. Borders. Ed. Claudia Sadowski-Smith (London: Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2002): 31-52.
“The Wandering Bachelor: Irving, Masculinity and Authorship,” American
Literature 75, no. 3 (September 2003): 654-680.
“The Bureaucratic Origins of The Scarlet Letter,” Studies in American Fiction 29
“Academic Viagra: the Rise of American Masculinity Studies.” American
Quarterly 52, No. 2 (June 2000): 274-304
“Libertinism and Authorship in America’s Early Republic.” American
Literature 72, no. 1 (March 2000): 1-30 .
“Sentimental Medicine: Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Construction of
Masculinity.” Studies in American Fiction 27, no. 2 (Autumn 1999): 205-228.
“NAFTA and the Limits of the New American Studies.” Canadian Review of
American Studies 27, no. 1 (Winter 1997): 191-204.
“Anne Hutchinson’s ‘Monstrous Birth’ and the Feminization of
Antinomianism.” Canadian Review of American Studies 27, no. 2 (Fall 1997): 133-158
Conference Presentations (selected) “Freedom and Democracy, Transnational Style,” Transnational American
Studies Conference, 58th Annual Meeting of the German American Studies Association, University of Regensburg, Germany, June 15-19
“Spectral Spirit’s Benito Cereno’s Romance of the Secular,” International
Melville Society Conference, Rome Italy, June 22-26, 2011
Roundtable Colloqium: Matt Cohen’s The Networked Wilderness, ASECS
Annual Conference, Vancouver BC, March 17-19 2010.
“Historiography in the Secular”, Society for Early Americanists Biennial
Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2-6, 201
“Keywords in Early American Studies: Nation,”American Studies Association
Annual Meeting, San Antonio Texas, November 13-17, 2010
“Inventing the Secular,” American Literature Association, San Francisco
Program Director, “States of Emergency: Anxiety, Panic and the Nation,”
Canadian Association of American Studies Annual Meeting, October 13-15, 2009
“Remember the Ladies: Female Piety and Protestant Democracy,” Religious
Transformations in Early America,” Washington University, St. Louis, MO, April 24-26, 2009.
“John Cotton’s Monstrous Birth,” Society for Early Americanists Bi-Annual
Conference, Bermuda, February 26-29, 2009
“The Great New York Conspiracy of 1741", 13th Annual Conference,
OIEAH/5th Biennial Conference, SEA June 7-10, 2007 Williamsburg, VA
Respondent: “Transnationalism and Early American Religion” American
Studies Association Annual Meeting. Oakland CA, October 10-13 2006.
“William Wells Brown: Emerson’s American Scholar,” Transatlantic
“Staying Awake with Mary Rowlandson,” Society for the Study of Woman
Authors Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA, November 8-11, 2006
“Private Memory and Public Memorial: The Case of Mary Rowlandson,”
Contesting Public Memories: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Syracuse, NY, October 6-8, 2005.
“1692," American Literature Association Annual Meeting, Boston,
“New World Terrorism: Melville’s Benito Cereno and America’s 9/11
Commission Report,” American Literature Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, May 26-9, 2005
“Mary Rowlandson and the Invention of the Secular,” American Society or
18th-Century Studies, Las Vegas, NV, March 30-April 4, 2005
Invited Respondent, “Evangelism in Print,” American Society for Eighteenth-
Century Studies Annual Meeting, March 30-April 4, 2005, Las Vegas Nevada
“Female Piety and Jonathan Edwards: Theology in the Secular,” Jonathan
Edwards Conference, October 8-8, 2004, Northampton, MA.
“Gender, Piety, and George Whitefield,” American Society for Eighteenth-
Century Studies Annual Meeting, March 26-29, 2004, Boston MA
“Executing Sin: Female Piety and the Scaffold,” Society for Early Americanists,
“Executing Sin: Female Piety and the Scaffold,” Canadian Association for
American Studies, London Ontario Dec. 5-6, 2002.
“Gender and Religious Studies,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century
Studies Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO, 6-9 April, 2002
“Criminal Correspondence: Authorship, Espionage, and the Invention of
American Literary Nationalism,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 17-22 April, 2001
“Mesmerism, Authorship and Gender: Hawthorne’s Muse,” The Modern
Languages Association Annual Meeting, December 27-30 2000.
“The Bureaucratic Origins of the Scarlet Letter,” The Nathaniel Hawthorne
Society Annual Conference, Boston, Mass, June 15-17, 2000
Respondent, Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture,
“Criminal Correspondence: Espionage, Authorship, and the Invention of
American Literary Nationalism.” Invited talk for the Centre for the Study of the United States, University of Toronto, April 14, 2000.
“Academic Viagra: the Rise of Masculinity Studies,” Centre for American
“Salem Witchcraft, Cotton Mather, and the Invention of the Secular,”
Vernacularity: the Style and Substance of Politics, March 1999, U.W.O.
“The Doctor, the Medium and the Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes and the
Construction of Masculinity,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 17-22, 1998, Seattle Washington.
“Academic Viagra: the Rise of Masculinity Studies,” UWO English Department
“Libertinism and Authorship in America’s Early Republic,” American Society
for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Annual Meeting, 1-5 April, 1998, North Bend, Indiana
“Irving’s Bachelors,” UWO English Department Colloquium Series, 16 March,
“Libertinism and Authorship in America’s Early Republic,” Modern Languages
Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario, December 27-30, 1997
“NAFTA and the Limits of the New American Studies,” Trademarks: Culture,
Commerce and Identity after NAFTA, Canadian Association of American Studies Annual Conference, York University, October 18-20, 1996
“Risking Nationalism: NAFTA and the New American Studies.” University of
Western Ontario, English Department Colloquia Series, 7 November, 1996
“Sentimental Medicine: Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Construction of the
Feminine,” Incorporating the Antibody: Women, History, and Medical Discourse, University of Western Ontario, October 5-6, 1996.
"Writing the Maternal Text: William Wells Brown and the Construction of
theFeminine," 1995 Learneds Annual Conference, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers Programme, Université du Quebec à Montréal, May 29, 1995
"Anne Hutchinson's 'Monstrous Birth' and the Sexing of Literary History,"
University of Western Ontario, English Department Colloquia Series, January 10, 1995
"Gender and Genre: Wieland's Literary Politics", American Literature
Association Annual Conference, San Diego, June 2-5, 1994
American Literature and Culture to 1900; Early American Puritan Culture;
Pre-Emancipation African-American Literature and History; American Studies, Critique and Methodology; Literary Theory
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