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2019– University of Virginia, Associate Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
2018–2019 University of Virginia, Bradley Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
2015–2018 United States Military Academy, Visiting Assistant Professor of English
2009–2014 Harvard University, Ph.D., English
2006–2007 Boston University, M.A., Editorial Studies
2001–2005 Boston University, B.A., English, summa cum laude
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Writing and Composition; Christianity and Literature; Book History, Media Studies, and Technology; American Literature; The Novel
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
2018 Bradley Fellowship, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
2016, 2018 Workshop Participant, “Writing Beyond the Academy,” Collegeville Institute
2015 Lilly Fellowship, Valparaiso University (declined)
2014 Summer Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor,” Georgia College and State University
2013 Dexter Summer Fellowship, Harvard University Department of English
2012 Meringoff Nonfiction Award, Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
2011 William Harris Arnold and Gertrude Weld Arnold Essay Prize, Harvard University
2005 Student Speaker Prize, Boston University
2001 Trustee Scholarship, Boston University
Essays and Articles
2022 “Readiness is Not All.” (In response to the question, What is the military for?) The Point 27 (Spring 2022): 79–89.
2022 “A Theology of Fiction.” First Things (April 2022): 43–50.
2021 “Hard Liberty: The Hellish Internet’s False Promise.” Plough Quarterly, March 25, 2021.
2021 “Trump Isn’t Lear. But Maybe Edmund?” The Hedgehog Review Blog, January 21, 2021.
2018 “Time is on Our Side: Reflections on Advent.” Commonweal, December 14, 2018: 38–39.
2018 “Bracing for Impact: Trauma, Triggers, and the Saving Power of Literature.” Commonweal, February 9, 2018: 11–17.
2017 “‘Why, oh Why, the Doily?’: Aristotle, Elizabeth Bishop, and the Work of Preservation.” Commonweal, October 26, 2017: 44-45.
2017 “How We Built This: David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King and the Collective Distraction from the Reality of Our Own Existence.” Malibu Magazine (October 2017): 62-65.
2016 “Seeing is Believing: What Flannery O’Connor Meant by Vision.” Commonweal, November 11, 2016: 14–17.
2016 “Second Sight: Reading Flannery O’Connor and Betty Wahl at Collegeville.” Bearings Online (2016).
2014 “‘A Thing of Beauty is a Joy For Ever’: Thoughts on the Crisis in the Humanities.” The Battersea Review (2014).
2014 “Manichaeism and the Movies: Flannery O’Connor and the Roman Catholic Response to Film and Television at Midcentury.” Literary Imagination 16.1 (February 2014): 76–94.
2013 “Through a Glass, Darkly: Notes on Screens.” The Battersea Review 1.3 (2013).
2012 “The Woman Who Was Mistaken for Flannery O’Connor.” Deep South Magazine, November 2, 2012.
2010 “Two Allusions in the Provisional Title of Samuel Beckett’s More Pricks than Kicks.” Notes and Queries 57.2 (2010): 239–240.
2008 “‘What with the Moving and the Children’: Betty Wahl in Ireland and America, 1951–1958.” The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society 20.2–21.1 (Spring and Fall 2008), 133–159.
2021 When the TV Turns Off: The Silence, by Don DeLillo. First Things (August/September 2021): 49–53.
2021 A Good Editor is Hard to Find: Good Things Out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O’Connor and Friends, edited by Benjamin B. Alexander. First Things (February 2021): 57–60.
2018 Despair Not, Presume Not: The Kingdom, by Emmanuel Carrère. First Things (December 2018): 47–49.
2017 Losing His Way: The Schooldays of Jesus, by J. M. Coetzee. Commonweal, July 7, 2017: 33–34.
2016 Quotidian Wonder: Zero K, by Don DeLillo. First Things 266 (October 2016): 59–62.
2016 Thrown into the World: Purity, by Jonathan Franzen. First Things 261 (March 2016): 60–61.
2015 Lights in the Firmament (Christmas Critics). Commonweal, December 4, 2015: 38–40.
2015 Honor Thy Child: Lila, by Marilynne Robinson. First Things 250 (February 2015): 53–55.
2015 Inefficiency Expert: Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942–1963, edited by Katherine A. Powers. Essays in Criticism 65.1 (January 2015): 115–123.
2014 Flawed Vessels: The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas, by Mary Gordon. Commonweal, November 18, 2014: 24–26.
2014 Pears Not Pixels: Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon. First Things 240 (February 2014): 57–58.
2012 “Ignorance Regained”: The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 2: 1941–1956, edited by George Craig, et al. Irish Literary Supplement (Fall 2012), 21–22.
2011 Beckett and Death, edited by Steven Barfield, Matthew Feldman, and Philip Tew. James Joyce Literary Supplement 25.1 (Spring 2011), 6–7.
2011 “A Journey From, and Not To”: The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 1: 1929–1940, edited by Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, et al. Essays in Criticism 61.1 (April 2011): 96–104.
2016 Advisor on the text. More Pricks than Kicks. By Samuel Beckett. New York: Grove Press.
2010 More Pricks than Kicks. By Samuel Beckett. Edited and with a preface and chronology (uniform to the series) by Cassandra Nelson. London: Faber and Faber, 2010.
2009 “The Other House.” By Betty Wahl. In The Southern Review 45.4 (Autumn 2009): 742–757.
2009 “Aprille.” By Betty Wahl. In The Antioch Review 67.3 (Summer 2009): 480–487.
2008 “The Lace Curtain,” “Tide Rips in the Tea Cups,” and “A Shorter History of the Irish People.” By Betty Wahl. In The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society 20.2–21.1 (Spring and Fall 2008), 103–132.
2011 “Ambition, Guilt, and Fate in Macbeth.” In Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature. Edited by Jennifer McClinton-Temple. New York: Facts on File (2011), 3.942–945.
2011 “Race, Religion, and Isolation in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” In Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature. Edited by Jennifer McClinton-Temple. New York: Facts on File (2011), 3.1082–1085.
2008 “J. F. Powers.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 19 September 2008.
2008 “Betty Wahl.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 27 June 2008.
2021 “‘Hard Liberty’: Milton’s Hell and the Internet Age.” Guest lecture and discussion with students in Literature XI. The Brearley School (remotely), May 20, 2021.
2019 “Narratives of Politicization and the Civic Imagination.” Response to Eeva Luhtakallio and Veikko Eranti (Tempere University, Finland)’s “Politicization, Depolitcization, and Grammars of Commonality: Addressing Plurality in Politics.” Power, Agency, and Authority Seminar, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, March 12–15, 2019.
2015 “That Miracles May Yet Be Possible: Faith and Technology in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon.” Appalachian State University, February 2, 2015.
2014 “‘The Order that Appeared, Finally, in the Retelling of Events’: Betty Wahl and Suitable Accommodations.” Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, Boston University, February 12, 2014.
2010 “‘Corrigées si on peut dire’ [‘Corrected, if you can call it that’]: Textual Variants in Samuel Beckett’s More Pricks than Kicks.” Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, Boston University, September 29, 2010.
CONFERENCE PANELS ORGANIZED
2019 “What Do We Mean by ‘Close Reading’?” Seminar, Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers 23rd Annual Conference, College of the Holy Cross, October 3–6, 2019.
2017 “Faith, Authority, and Computer Culture.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association’s 38th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, February 18, 2017.
2016 “From Totality to Silent Reading to Simultaneity: Meaning and Identity in a Digital Age.” States of the Book Symposium, United States Military Academy, September 24, 2016.
2016 “O’Connor and Objects: Eyeglasses.” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, Boston University, March 10, 2016.
2015 “The Human Eye and the Camera Eye: Flannery O’Connor’s Ethics and Aesthetics of Seeing.” South Central Modern Language Association 72nd Annual Conference, Vanderbilt University, November 2, 2015.
2014 “‘Karmic Echoes’: Place and the Past in Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge.” American Comparative Literature Association 2014 Annual Meeting, New York University, March 20–23, 2014.
2013 “Meaning Fixed and Free: Pages, Screens, and the Role of the Reader.” Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers 19th Annual Conference, University of Georgia, April 5, 2013.
2012 “Manichaeism and the Movies in the Writings of Flannery O’Connor.” ALA 23rd Annual Conference on American Literature, Flannery O’Connor Society panel, San Francisco, Calif., May 26, 2012.
2011 “Boundless Curiosity, from A to Z: Hester Thrale Piozzi’s New Common Place Book.” 19th Annual British Women Writers Conference, Ohio State University, March 31, 2011.
United States Military Academy, Department of English and Philosophy
Introduction to Composition (four sections, Fall 2015; three sections, Fall 2016): Organized course-wide guest lecture by Christopher Ricks (2015) and performance of contemporary American monologues by Adam Driver’s nonprofit Arts in the Armed Forces (2016) for more than 1,300 first-year cadets.
Introduction to Literature (three sections, Spring 2016; four sections, Spring 2016)
The Novel, focusing on postwar American novels (one section, Spring 2016)
Drama, survey of antiquity through the present day (one section, Fall 2016)
Harvard University, Department of English
Postwar American and British Fiction, with James Wood (Spring 2013, Spring 2012)
Castaways and Renegades (American literature survey), with John Stauffer (Fall 2012)
Harvard University, Program in General Education
American Protest Literature, with John Stauffer and Timothy McCarthy (Fall 2011)
SERVICE AND RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
United States Military Academy
Instructor, Summer Leaders Experience, June 3–16, 2017
Designed and taught a 5-hour workshop on college-level literary analysis to 216 rising high school seniors enrolled in the West Point Summer Leaders Experience.
Officer in Charge, July 3–23, 2016
Led five cadets on a three-week service trip to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Oversaw travel arrangements, country and medical clearance requirements, and other pre-trip logistics. Volunteered at School #13, teaching English to 14- to 18-year-olds, and Kindergarten #166, helping institute a Montessori program for children ages 2 to 7.
Oxford University Press
Associate Editor, August 2014–June 2015
Worked with editors-in-chief and editorial boards to commission and publish articles in humanities fields; oversaw peer review, pre-production, and post-production processes; helped establish style guide for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia series.
Baylor University, Baylor University Press
Freelance proofreader, 2008–2014
Ensured that scholarly titles in the humanities and social sciences were free from typographical and other errors, and met Baylor style guidelines; organized notes and bibliographic citations.
Boston University, Office of the Provost
Assistant to the Provost, 2007–2009
Edited four issues of the award-winning annual online and print publication Research at Boston University. Drafted a mission statement for Boston University (approved by the President and Board of Trustees) and a 100-page self-study report as part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges re-accreditation process. Prepared correspondence and remarks for the Provost and other senior administrators.
Boston University, School of Education
Assistant to the Dean/Associate Provost for Outreach and Special Initiatives, 2005–2007
Drafted and edited annual reports, speeches, memos, and appeal letters for the dean; provided administrative and logistical support for Step UP, a collaboration among five private universities, the City of Boston, and the Boston Public Schools.
Reading Tutor, Sept. 2014–June 2015
Met weekly with two first-grade students at P.S. 188 to help develop their mastery of the alphabet and phonics, and foster a love of reading.
Writing Tutor, Sept.–Dec. 2013
Provided guidance on thesis development and essay revision to students at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science (grades 7–12). Worked with high school seniors to generate essay ideas, develop outlines, and revise drafts of Common Application essays.
Louis Menand, Harvard University
Christopher Ricks, Boston University
John Stauffer, Harvard University
James Wood, Harvard University