Reading for the Future

Reading for the Future is a student and faculty collective at Penn State dedicated to thinking and reading together. We believe in the power we can draw from the simple act of sharing a literary or rhetorical text. Co-founded with Miriam Gonzales and Jonathan Eburne.

Selected Recent Courses 


Archipelagic American Studies, Fall 2018

Environmental Humanities and American Literature, Fall 2016

Proseminar in Nineteenth-Century American Prose, Spring 2016

History of the Book in the US to 1900, Spring 2014

Oceanic American Studies, Spring 2012

Materials and Methods of Research, Fall 2011, Fall 2012

Herman Melville, Spring 2010

Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Personal Narratives, Spring 2009



The Print Culture of Early African American Literature, Spring 2019

Herman Melville, (honors), Spring 2017

Cli-Fi (Climate Fiction), Fall 2016

American Novel to 1900, Spring 2007, Fall 2003, Spring 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2017

Literature of Polar Exploration (honors), Spring 2014

Literature and Society: The History of the American Book to 1900, Fall 2011

The Possibilities of English, Fall 2008, Fall 2009

Essays on Pedagogy

“Faculty Favorites: Books for the Struggle to Come,” Edge Effects, http://edgeeffects.net/environmental-books-on-struggles-to-come/.

"The Whole World in a Few Syllables," Sky-Hawk: The Journal of the Melville Society of Japan 3 (2015): 21-23.

"Ferguson's Literary History," Co-authored with Sarah Blackwood, Anna Mae Duane, Brigitte Fielder, Glenn Hendler, Yahdon Israel, Peter Jaros, Janet Neary, Caleb Smith, and Jordan Alexander Stein, Avidlyhttp://avidly.lareviewofbooks.org/2014/08/22/fergusons-literary-history/.

"Melville and Whitman, Digitally Mediated," Leviathan 16:1 (March 2014): 154-156.

"The Greatest American Novel? 9 Experts Share Their Opinions," The Millions (10 July 2013): http://www.themillions.com/2013/07/the-greatest-american-novel-9-experts-share-their-opinions.html.

"Constantius and Pulchera in the Atlantic World," Just Teach One, eds. Duncan Faherty and Ed White, www.common-place.orghttp://www.common-place.org/justteachone/?p=144.