Publications & Talks

Co-authored Book

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

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Writing (selected)

“‘Quit Lit’ Then and Now,” Inside Higher Ed, April 4, 2018.
Reprinted in Leaving the Grove: A Quit Lit Reader, ed. Christopher Flanagan and Glenn Wright (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2022).

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

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

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

“I fell hard for the Book of Mormon but did not convert,” Deseret News, May 30, 2017

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


“Get Out of My Head: Experiencing Cultural Paranoia in Jordan Peele’s Get Out,” in The Trauma of Racism: Lessons from the Therapeutic Encounter, ed. Beverly J. Stoute and Michael Slevin (New York: Routledge, 2022).

“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.

Invited Talks

“A Solemn Parody: The Book of Mormon in American Literary Studies,” Scripture and Literature in the Nineteenth-Century United States: An Interdisciplinary Symposium. Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD. March 2020.

“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 2019.

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

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