Associate Professor of Literature

B.A., Williams College; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., Harvard University. Areas of specialization include African American literature and culture, ethnic and urban literatures, literatures of the environment, 20th- and 21st-century American literature, 20th- and 21st-century American art and architecture, and urban history. He has published articles and reviews in Grantland, Los Angeles Review of Books, Atlantic Monthly, Village Voice, and GQ, among others, on such subjects as sports gaming environments, conceptual artist Glenn Ligon, and the not-so secret history of Hunter Thompson’s The Rum Diary. His book, Urban Legends: The South Bronx in Representation and Ruin, is in progress. He is the recipient of numerous research grants and Derek Bok certificates of distinction in teaching from Harvard, where he previously taught as a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. At Bard since 2015.