Ph.D., English, Johns Hopkins University, 2017.
Dissertation: “Fragile Belief: Secularity and the Antebellum American Novel”
Advisors: Eric Sundquist and Jared Hickman

M.A., English, University of Arizona, 2010.

B.S., Literature (minor: Mathematics), Harvey Mudd College, 2006.


Senior Writer, Office of the President, Johns Hopkins University
June 2019 – Present, Baltimore, MD

Writer, Office of the President, Johns Hopkins University
March 2018 – June 2019, Baltimore, MD

Journal Production Editor for Health, Learning, Research & Practice, Wolters Kluwer
April 2017 – March 2018, Baltimore, MD

Associate Editor, English Literary History, Johns Hopkins University
August 2013 – July 2016, Baltimore, MD

Composition Instructor, Expository Writing Program, Johns Hopkins University
May 2012 – May 2013, Baltimore, MD

Composition Instructor, Writing Program, University of Arizona
August 2007 – May 2010, Tucson, AZ


Co-authored Books

'What Universities Owe Democracy' cover image

Ronald J. Daniels with Grant Shreve and Phillip Spector, What Universities Owe Democracy (Baltimore, MD: Johns  Hopkins University Press, 2021)

Popular Writing (selected)

“In Praise of Unfinished Novels,” The Millions, 21 Feb. 2018.

“How Wonder Woman and the Last Jedi could make our politics worse,” The Washington Post, 29 December 2017.

“The Book of Mormon Gets the Literary Treatment,” Religion & Politics, 23 May 2017.

“Bernie Sanders, American Universalist,” RealClearReligion, 16 June 2017.

Scholarly Articles, Book Chapters & Reviews

“Get Out of My Head: Experiencing Cultural Paranoia in Jordan Peele’s Get Out,” in Race in the Therapeutic Encounter, ed. Beverly J. Stoute and Michael Slevin (forthcoming). 10 manuscript pages.

“Nephite Secularization; or, Picking and Choosing in the Book of Mormon,” in Americanist Approaches to the Book of Mormon, ed. Elizabeth Fenton and Jared Hickman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019). pp. 207–232.

Review of If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right by Christopher Douglas and The Production of American Religious Freedom by Finbarr Curtis, American Literature 91.3 (2019): 669–671.

“Invisible Man and the Mysteries of Reconstruction,” in Critical Insights: Invisible Man, ed. Robert C. Evans (Amenia, NY: Salem Press, 2018). pp. 174–88.

“The Exodus of Martin Delany,” American Literary History 29.3 (2017): 449–73.

“Ralph Ellison’s Three Days Before the Shooting . . . and the Implicit Morality of Form,” in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century, ed. Marc Conner and Lucas Morel (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2016). pp. 218–42.

“Fragile Belief: Lydia Maria Child’s Hobomok and the Scene of American Secularity,” American Literature 86.4 (2014): 655–82.

Review of Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke: At the Roots of the Racial Divide by Bryan Crable, Resources for American Literary Study 36 (2013): 363–66.

“The Shadows of Reconstruction: Marriage and Reunion in Herman Melville’s ‘The Scout Toward Aldie,’” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 14.1 (2012): 9–23.


“An Archive of Intentionality: Notes Toward a Theory of Ellison’s Notes.” (Re)reading Ralph Ellison Symposium. Goethe University. Frankfurt, Germany. July, 2019.

“Get Out of My Head: Cultural Paranoia in Jordan Peele’s Get Out.” American Psychoanalytic Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY. February 9, 2019.

“Suspense & Crisis: An Anatomy of the Unfinished Novel.” Ralph Ellison Symposium. Library of Congress. June, 2016.

“Ralph Ellison and the Work of the Unfinished.” Ralph Ellison Centennial Symposium.
Lewis & Clark College. Portland, OR. February, 2015.