Battling Girlhood: Sympathy, Social Justice, and the Tomboy Figure in American Literature. New York: Routledge, July 2018.
Queer Studies and Young Adult Literature (under contract with Routledge)
Queer Friendship in Young Adult Literature (book manuscript in progress)
Articles and Chapters
“’love of kindred spirits’: Queer Friendship and the Evangelical Bildungsroman from The Wide, Wide World to Anne of Green Gables.” Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth Century, Eds. Allison Giffen and Robin Cadwallader. New York: Routledge, 2017. 171-87.
“Fried Green Tomatoes and The Color Purple: A Case Study in Lesbian Friendship and Cultural Controversy.” The Journal of Lesbian Studies (2017): 1-15.
“Coming of Age in the Queer South: Friendship and Social Difference in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” Carson McCullers in the Twenty-First Century, Eds. Casey Lee Kaser and Allison Graham Bertolini. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016. 143-56.
“Tomboyism and Familial Belonging in Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding: Queer Sentiments.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 7.1 (2015): 87-109.
“Educating Jo March: Plumfield, Romanticism, and the Tomboy Trajectory in the Alcott Trilogy.” Romantic Education in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: National and Transatlantic Contexts, Eds. Monika Elbert and Lesley Ginsberg. New York, NY: Routledge, 2014. 42-56.
“Sympathetic Jo: Tomboyism, Poverty and Race in Little Women.” Sentimentalism in Nineteenth- Century America: Literary and Cultural Practices, Ed. Mary De Jong. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013. 105-119.
“Transforming the ‘Madman’ into a ‘Saint’: The Cultural Memory Site of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry in Antislavery Literature and History.” The Afterlife of John Brown, Eds. Andrew Taylor and Eldrid Herrington. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005. 107-120.
Shorter Pieces / Critical Companions
- “Poverty and Social Critique in Postbellum America: Little Women and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Critical Insights: Louisa May Alcott. Eds. Gregory Eiselein and Anne Phillips. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2016.
- “Sympathetic Alliances: Tomboys, ‘Sissy’ Boys and Queer Friendship in The Member of the Wedding and To Kill a Mockingbird.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews. 26.2 (2013): 128-133.
- “Virtue vs. Vengeance: Examining the ‘Quality of Mercy’ in the Human Relationships of The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure.” The Journal of the Wooden O Symposium. 1 (2001): 125-131.
Review Essays, Book Reviews, and Reference Works (selected)
- Review Essay, “Sympathetic Childhoods: Girl Orphans, Adoptions, and Re-Imagined Families in Sentimental Studies.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 43.1 (2015): 295-8.
- Book Review of Robin Bernstein’s Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood and Race from Slavery to Civil Rights. African American Review 46.1 (2013): 187-189.
- Review Essay, “Politicizing Youth: Childhood Studies on Social Change.” American Quarterly 64.1 (2012): 171-180.
- Book Review of Over the Rainbow: Queer Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Eds. Kenneth Kidd and Michelle Ann Abate. Children’s Literature 40 (2012): 287-291.
- Review of Franny Nudelman’s John Brown’s Body: Slavery, Violence and the Culture of War in Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research 31.4 (2006).
- Sherman Alexie headnote, The Wadsworth Themes in American Literature Series, Ed. Jay Parini. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2008.