I study how people write about their interactions with animals.
My dissertation, Vulgar Ethology: The Rhetoric of Animal Protection in American Natural History, examines human-animal interaction in early American natural history writing (1700-1870) and how new forms of protectionist rhetoric emerged alongside the developing study of animal behavior.
I also write poetry and stories, which have recently appeared in Fence, Volt, and WaterWrites.
Early and 19th-Century American Literature
Native American Studies
History of the Book and Material Texts