Director of Graduate Studies
Education: B.S.E., Duke University
M.A.L.S., Weleyan University (1991)
M.A., Purdue University (1993)
M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University (1998)
Interests: American Literature and Culture (especially the 19th Century); American Studies; Civil War; Slavery and Abolitionism; Protest Literature; Religion and Literature; American Novel; Autobiography.
Selected Works: State of Jones (with Sally Jenkins, 2009) (New York Times bestseller, Pulitzer Prize nomination); GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008) (winner of Iowa Author Award for best book in 2009, Boston Authors Club award in 2009, Boston Globe bestseller); The Problem of Evil (with Steven Mintz, 2007)(Association of American University Presses award in 2008); The Works of James McCune Smith (2006); Prophets of Protest (with Tim McCarthy, 2006); Meteor of War: The John Brown Story (with Zoe Trodd, 2004); The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (2002)(winner of the Frederick Douglass Book Prize in 2002, winner of the Avery Craven award in 2003, Lincoln Prize runner-up in 2003, Magill’s Literary Annual award in 2003).