The News at the Ends of the Earth

The News at the Ends of the Earth: The Print Culture of Polar Exploration appeared from Duke University Press in 2019; it studies polar expeditionary newspapers and other forms of knowledge that circulate geophysical and climatic extremity, both in the age of polar exploration and in our current moment of climate change and polar resource extraction.

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Turns of Event

A collection of essays, Turns of Event: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies in Motion, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2016. Contributors include Monique Allewaert, Ralph Bauer, Martin Brückner, Michelle Burnham, Christopher Castiglia, Sean Goudie, Meredith McGill, and Geoffrey Sanborn. Follow Turns of Event on Facebook or Tumblr.

The View from the Masthead

In The View from the Masthead (2008), the first book to study the literary culture of sailors, I explore the simultaneity of labor and contemplation in antebellum American sea narratives, as well as the maritime epistemology I call the “sea eye.” The book won the John Garner Maritime Research Award.

Horrors of Slavery

My scholarly edition of William Ray’s Barbary captivity narrative Horrors of Slavery (2008) brings to light a crucial episode in the early history of American relations with Islamic states.


Special Forum Co-Editor, with Fidalis Buehler, Mike Calway-Fagen, Mary Eyring, Iping Liang, and Brian Russell Roberts, "Archipelagoes, Oceans, and American Visuality," Journal of Transnational American Studies 10:1 (2019).

Special Focus Issue Editor, "Oceanic Studies," Atlantic Studies 10:2 (2013): 151-227.


"Arctic Nation," English Language Notes 57:1 (April 2019): 72-81. 

"Melville in the Arctic," Leviathan 20 (March 2018): 74-84.

"Charles Francis Hall's Arctic Researches," The Sea and Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Literary Culture, eds. Steven Mentz and Martha Elena Rojas (Routledge Press, 2017), 47-65.

Roundtable on Turns of Event, co-authored with Hannah Lauren Murray, J. Michelle Coghlan, Stephanie Palmer, and Tom F. Wright, Journal of American Studies 51:3 (2017).

"'Bitter with the Salt of Continents': Rachel Carson and Oceanic Returns," Women's Studies Quarterly 45: 1-2 (Spring/Summer 2017): 287-291.

"Introduction: Academic Positioning Systems," Turns of Event: American Literary Studies in Motion (University of Pennsylvania Press: 2016), 1-12.

"Speaking Substances: Ice" Los Angeles Review of Books. March 21, 2016.

Part of a series of four essays on anthropocene media:
Jamie L. Jones on Oil.
Kyla Schuller on Bodies.
Dana Luciano on Rock.

"Terraqueous Planet: The Case for Oceanic Studies," The Planetary Turn: Art, Dialogue, and Geoaesthetics in the 21st-Century, eds. Amy J. Elias and Christian Moraru (Northwestern University Press, 2015).

"The News at the End of the Earth: Polar Periodicals," Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, eds. Dana Luciano and Ivy Wilson (New York University Press, 2014).

"Melville and Oceanic Studies," New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville, ed. Robert S. Levine (Cambridge, 2013).

"First Person Nautical: Poetry and Play at Sea," co-author Jason Rudy, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 1:1 (Spring 2013) 189-194.

"Introduction: Oceanic Studies," Atlantic Studies 10:2 (2013): 151-155

"John Cleves Symmes and the Planetary Reach of Polar Exploration," American Literature 84:2 (June 2012)

"Melville and the Novel of the Sea," Cambridge History of the American Novel (Cambridge: 2011)

"The Prospect of Oceanic Studies," PMLA 125:3 (May 2010)

"'No Life You Have Known': Or, Melville's Contemporary Critics," Leviathan 13:1 (March 2011)

"Douglass's and Melville's 'Alphabets of the Blind,'" Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation, eds. Robert S. Levine and Samuel Otter (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), 257-78.

"Introduction," Horrors of Slavery, or, The American Tars in Tripoli, by William Ray, ed. Hester Blum (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, Subterranean Lives Series, 2008), ix-xxix.

"American Graves, Pacific Plots," American Literary Geographies: Space and Cultural Production, 1588-1888, eds. Martin Brückner and Hsuan L. Hsu (University of Delaware Press, 2007), 149-170.

"Before and After the Mast: James Fenimore Cooper and Ned Myers," Pirates, Jack Tar, and Memory: New Directions in American Maritime History, eds. Paul A. Gilje and William Pencak (Mystic Seaport Museum, CT, 2007), 115-134.

"Atlantic Trade," A Companion to Herman Melville, ed. Wyn Kelley (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), 113-128.


Keynote Addresses

19th Annual Shackleton Autumn School, Athy, Ireland, October 25, 2019

Polar Day, UC Davis Polar Forum, April 5, 2019

Austrian Association for American Studies Annual Conference, Vienna, November 2018

Imagining the Coast: A Public Humanities Symposium, Fairfield University, Mystic Seaport, the Maritime Studies Program at University of Connecticut Avery Point, CT Humanities, and the Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium, September 15, 2018

Eleventh Annual International Melville Conference, London, June 2017

Movement and Mobility Symposium, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, April 27-28, 2017

Archipelagoes/Oceans/Americas Symposium, Brigham Young University, October 6-7, 2016

Florida International University/Bayerische Amerika-Akademie, June 7, 2016

McNeil Center Biennial Graduate Student Conference, "The Power of Stories: Authority and Narrative in Early America," September 30, 2011

Invited Lectures

The Coasts, Climates, the Humanities, and the Environment Consortium (CCHEC), Mellon Foundation, National Humanities Center, September 26, 2019

University of Gothenburg, Sweden, May 17, 2019

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, May 15, 2019

The Seedbox, Linköping University, Sweden, May 9, 2019

University of Washington, March 1, 2019

Weber World Café, Heidelberg, Germany, October 2018

German Historical Institute, Washington D.C., May 17, 2018

University of Alberta, May 5, 2018

University of North Florida, May 1, 2018

Northwestern University, November 13, 2017

Yale University, October 13, 2017

CUNY Graduate Center, May 5, 2016

Columbia University, April 15, 2016

University of Michigan, November 12, 2015

Bayreuth University, Bayreuth, Germany, October 23, 2015

Baylor University, April 24, 2015

Bowdoin College, March 2, 2015

University of Pennsylvania, February 24, 2015

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, December 5, 2014

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, November 25, 2014

University of Sussex, November 11, 2014

University of Nottingham, November 10, 2014

Early American Literature and Material Texts Workshop, McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Library Company of Philadelphia, July 23, 2014

University of Oxford, May 30-31, 2014

University of Miami, March 27, 2014

Rice University, January 24, 2014

Pomona College, November 11, 2013

UC Irvine, May 21, 2013

Oakland University, March 18, 2013

CUNY Graduate Center, November 30, 2012

Princeton University, November 7, 2012

University of Massachusetts-Boston, November 1, 2012

University of Delaware English Roundtable, May 3, 2012

University of Delaware History Workshop, February 28, 2012

CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series, University of Toronto Centre for the Book and the Centre for the Study of the United States, November 17, 2011

University of South Carolina, November 10, 2011

Freibert/Wittreich Symposium and Wittreich Symposium-Graduate Workshop on Archival Research, University of Louisville, November 3-4, 2011

Rumowicz Literature of the Sea Lecture/Seminar Series, University of Rhode Island, April 21, 2011

UCLA, Americanist Research Colloquium, January 27, 2011

Rutgers University, "Where is American Literary Studies Now? Transnational Paradigms Across Historical Periods," November 12, 2010

Cornell University, Americanist Reading Group, November 4, 2010

New York Metro American Studies Association, New York, October 27, 2010

University of Kentucky, October 18, 2010

University of Maryland, Local Americanists Lecture Series, September 24, 2010

UC Santa Barbara Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, April 22, 2010

Harvard American Literature Colloquium, Cambridge, MA, October 22, 2008

Plenary Speaker, Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 16-22, 2008

Unauthorized States, Notre Dame, April 4-5, 2008

American Literature Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, November 2003

C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, Washington College, MD, March 2003


Book project on the temporalities of ice: Ice Ages

Book project on women's Robinsonades: Castaway

New Oxford World Classics edition of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville