Selected Publications

Popular Writing

“‘Quit Lit'” Then and Now,” Inside Higher Ed, 4 Apr. 2018.

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

“Jeff Flake’s (Mormon-influenced) Anti-Trump Speeches: Prophetic or Performative?,” Religion Dispatches, 23 Jan. 2018.

“How Wonder Woman and The Last Jedi Could Make Our Politics Worse,” The Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2017.

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

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

“I fell hard for the Book of Mormon, but didn’t convert,” Deseret News, 30 May 2017.

Academic Writing

“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.

JSTOR Daily Essays

“Understanding a Misunderstood Bible Verse,” 14 June 2019.

“What a Paragraph Is.” 23 May 2018.
*Selected as one of JSTOR Daily’s Best of 2018.

“Frog and Toad Attend a Philosophy Class,” 11 Apr. 2018.

“The Spiritual Side of Vocation,” 1 Mar. 2018.

“19th-Century Anesthesia and the Politics of Pain,” 26 Feb. 2018.

“When Women Channeled the Dead to be Heard,” 2 Feb. 2018.

“Frederick Douglass’ Feud Over Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” 29 Jan. 2018.

“On Embracing Boredom,” 2 Jan. 2018.

“The Great American Game of Picking the Great American Novel,” 17 Dec. 2017.

“Super Mario, Homer’s Odyssey, and the Meaning of Marriage,” 15 Dec. 2017.

“‘Thoughts and Prayers’ in Greek Tragedy,” 4 Dec. 2017.
*Selected as one of JSTOR Daily’s Best of 2017

“Is Don Quixote to Blame for Modern Movie Reboots?,” 17 Nov. 2017.

“The Uncertain Future of the Religious Left,” 9 Nov. 2017.

“Ralph Ellison on Race,” 2 Nov. 2017.

“What Good is Knowing the Bible?,” 27 Oct. 2017.

“The Long, Winding History of the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic,’” 20 Oct. 2017.

“How Mormons Have Made Religion Out of Doubt,” 9 Oct. 2017.

“The Racialized History of ‘Hysteria,’” 20 Sep. 2017.

“Flying Spaghetti Monsters and the Quest for Religious Authenticity,” 5 Sep. 2017.

“What Herman Melville Can Teach Bob Dylan About Plagiarism,” 1 Aug. 2017.

Forthcoming Essays & Drafts

“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).