My research focuses on the way in which literature explores, imagines and represents the moral experiences--and moral conflicts--that are central to democratic life. I am particularly interested in theories of political liberalism and the general question how individuals negotiate, both intellectually and affectively, the dual imperatives of living well and fulfilling the obligations that are owed to others.
"Hawthorne, History, and Politics: A Reassessment," Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 78.1 (Spring 2022) (forthcoming)
"'The Sense of Liberty': Rethinking Liberalism and Sentimentality in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Antislavery Novels," ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 65.4 (2019), 602-641
"'Government and Manners': Cosmopolitanism and the 'Spirit' of Liberal Democracy in The Federalist and Charles Brockden Brown's Ormond," Early American Literature 54.1 (2019), 135-161.
"On Liberty and Union: Moral Imagination and Its Limits in Daniel Webster's Seventh of March Speech," American Political Thought 6.3 (Summer 2017), pp. 371-395
Review of Poetry Wars: Verse and Politics in the American Revolution and Early Republic, by Colin Wells, in Early American Literature 53.3 (2018), pp. 999-1004.
Review of The Divine Magnet: Herman Melville's Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne, ed. Mark Niemeyer, in Religion and the Arts 21.1-2 (2017), pp. 280-283.