Interim Provost, Vincent Hillyer Chair in Early Literature and Professor of Literature
COB2, Room 371
- PhD, 1989 — University of California, Berkeley
- A.B., 1980 — Brown University
- American literature and culture — from 18th century poet Joel Barlow to the television cartoon "Beavis and Butt-Head"
- Ethical and esthetic debates of the 19th century, concentrating on the works of Mark Twain, American literary humor, literary sentimentalism and domesticity
- Affective neuroscience
- Literary aesthetics