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I acquire books in literature, culture, and religious studies. In literature and culture, I have a special focus on American literature, African American studies, Caribbean literature, and Victorian culture. In religious studies, I am particularly interested in social scientific studies of religious experience, whether American or Asian. I also oversee the CARAF translation series of books by renowned francophone Caribbean and African authors.
I earned my A.B. from Wabash College, an A.M.R.S. from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. I have taught humanities courses at five different universities. Half of my publishing career has been spent working for major trade houses such as HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Basic Books, and the other half at Columbia, Yale, and Stanford university presses.
I acquire for the Press’s humanities list, with a particular focus on literary and cultural studies of the eighteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first centuries as well as environmental studies. I administer Virginia’s Walker Cowen Memorial Prize in eighteenth-century studies and serve as in-house editor for several series. With a special interest in interdisciplinary work, I invite projects that engage ethics; dis/ability studies; gender and sexuality studies; critical race theory; the history of science and medicine; ecocriticism; media studies; politics; and legal and economic history.
I hold a B.A. in English literature from Vanderbilt University and an M.F.A. in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining UVA Press in 2004, I worked for InteLex Corporation, a pioneer in humanities electronic publishing.
- Best New Poets
- CARAF Books: Caribbean and African Literature translated from French
- Cultural Frames, Framing Culture
- New World Studies
- Page-Barbour Lectures
- Peculiar Bodies: Stories and Histories
- The Malcolm Lester Phi Beta Kappa Lectures on Liberal Arts and Public Life
- Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism
- Victorian Literature and Culture Series
- Writing the Early Americas