Curriculum Vitae


Forthcoming – “Vocation is Something that Happens to You: Freedom, Education, and the American Literary Tradition.” Christian Faith and University Life: Stewards of the Academy. Eds. Laine Scales and Jenny Howell. Palgrave Macmillian (Expected 2017).

“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 and 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. 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.


Rod Dreher, How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem (New York: Regan Arts, 2015). Integrite 15.1 (2016): 105-107.

Kristin LeMay, I Told My Soul to Sing: Finding God with Emily Dickinson (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2013). Christianity and 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.


“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.