PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Forthcoming – “‘Track the money!’: The Moral Consequences of Tom Sawyer in No Country for Old Men.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal (expected spring 2021)
“‘Language to Reach With’: Layli Long Soldier’s WHEREAS Connects Words to Reality.” Studies in American Indian Literatures 32.1-2 (2020): 52-74.
“Plagiarism as the Language of Ownership: Aligning Academic Liturgy with Christian Virtue.” Christian Scholar’s Review 49.2 (2020): 109-126.
“‘I’m a man of this time’: Categories of Sin and the Shadow of Dante in Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men.” Christianity & Literature 68.4 (2019): 539-558.
“Vocation is Something that Happens to You: Freedom, Education, and the American Literary Tradition.” Christian Faith and University Life: Stewards of the Academy. Eds. T. Laine Scales and Jennifer L. Howell. Cham, CH: Palgrave Macmillian, 2018. 31-49.
“Incorporating Theology and Philosophy of Science into the Physics Classroom,” with Emily Grace. International Journal of Christianity & Education 22.2 (2018): 142-156.
“Reformation Leads to Self-Reliance: The Protestantism of Transcendentalism.” Religions 8.30 (2017): 1-10.
“Self-Knowledge and Character Formation: Teaching to Students’ Weaknesses.” International Journal of Christianity & Education. 21.1 (2017): 39-54.
“Stories for ‘good young girls’: Louisa May Alcott, Gender, and Realism.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 45.3 (2016): 263-274.
“Doing, not Reading: Cormac McCarthy on the Virtues and Dangers of Literature.” Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 8.2 (2016): 40-49.
“Sentimentality and Grace: Marilynne Robinson and Nineteenth-Century Prodigal Son Narratives.” This Life, This World: New Essays on Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, Gilead, and Home. Ed. Jason W. Stevens. Leiden: Brill, 2015. 131-147.
“There is No Me Like My Statue: Life and Text in Zora Neale Hurston’s Dust Tracks on a Road.” Pacific Coast Philology 49.1 (2014): 99-111.
“Understanding Colonization through Word Studies: A Digital Project for the Literature Classroom.” Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 11.1 (2020): 1-4.
“Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears.” The Literary Encyclopedia: Indigenous Writing and Culture of North America. 30 May 2019. Web.
“Samson Occom.” The Literary Encyclopedia: Indigenous Writing and Culture of North America. 24 January 2019. Web.
“How Nineteenth-Century White American Women Writers Have Facilitated the Rise of Christian Feminism.” U.S. Studies Online. 14 Mar. 2015. Web.
“Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.” The Explicator 68.4 (2010): 239-241.
“‘Good Country People’ Unmasked: Hulga’s Journey to Salvation.” Notes on Contemporary Literature 39.4 (2009): 2-4.
Cheri L. Pierson and Will Bankston, eds. Thinking Theologically about Language Teaching: Christian Perspectives on an Educational Calling (Carlisle, UK: Langham Global Library, 2017). International Journal of Christianity & Education 22.2 (2018): 157-158.
Matthew L. Potts, Cormac McCarthy and the Signs of Sacrament: Literature, Theology, and the Moral of Stories (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). Christianity & Literature 66.3 (2017): 559-562.
Rod Dreher, How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem (New York: Regan Arts, 2015). Integrite: A Journal of Faith and Learning 15.1 (2016): 105-107.
Kristin LeMay, I Told My Soul to Sing: Finding God with Emily Dickinson (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2013). Christianity & Literature 63.2 (2014): 301-304.
Heather Walton, ed. Literature and Theology: New Interdisciplinary Spaces (Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2011): Christian Scholar’s Review 43.3 (2014): 294-297.
SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Consequences of Tom Sawyer: Greed and Optimism in Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 2020.
“Theological Practices for Teaching Literature: Forming Students’ Character through the Practices of Docility, Hospitality, and Sabbath.” Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning Conference, Waco, TX, Oct. 2019.
“Benjamin Franklin’s Reading of the Virtue Tradition.” Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, Santa Fe, NM, Apr. 2019.
“Sovereignty, Language, and the Poetic Form in Layli Long Soldier’s WHEREAS.” Native American Literature Symposium, Prior Lake, MN, Mar. 2019.
“‘Freer Breath than our Native Air’: Authority and Imitation in Hawthorne’s The Marble Faun.” International Poe and Hawthorne Conference, Kyoto, Japan, June 2018.
“Liturgies and Language of Plagiarism in the Religious Academy.” Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, Oct. 2017.
“Religious Crossings: How the Protestant Reformation Guided Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Literary Career.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Bordeaux, France, July 2017.
“Virtue, Happiness, and Freedom: Moral Society in Hannah Webster Foster’s Novels.” Society of Early Americanists Conference, Tulsa, OK, Mar. 2017.
“Teaching the Protestant Reformation through American Literature: John Milton as Inspiration for the Transcendentalists.” Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition Conference, Birmingham, AL, Oct. 2016.
“Hawthorne, the Enlightenment, and Curiosity.” 21st Summer Meeting of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, Stowe, VT, June 2016.
“Three Ways of Sinning in Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men.” American Literature Association Symposium, San Antonio, TX, Feb. 2016.
“‘I certainly didn’t choose to be the kind of girl I was’: Freedom and Identity in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 2015.
“Teaching Composition: Purgation and Self-Knowledge.” Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, Oct. 2015.
“God and the Republic, Calvinism and Womanhood in Sedgwick’s A New-England Tale.” American Literature Association Symposium, San Antonio, TX, Feb. 2015.
“Augustine’s Restlessness and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Intellectual Villains.” Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition Conference, Birmingham, AL, Oct. 2014.