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I'm a Professor and the Chair of the English Department at Stony Brook University, where I'm also affiliated with the History Department. I'm the author of two books in early American and indigenous studies: On Records: Delaware Indians, Colonists, and the Media of History and Memory (2012) and Allegories of Encounter: Colonial Literacy and Indian Captivities (2019). In 2019, I received a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of a new project in a new field: "From the Book Room: The History of the High School Canon," is a cultural history of literature instruction in American high schools. I'm the co-Director of a 2023 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for K-12 Educators, "Making the Good Reader and Citizen: The History of Literature Instruction in American Schools."


  • –present
    Professor of English and History, Stony Brook University (The State University of New York)


  • 2004 
    University of California, Irvine, English


2019 Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation