Associate Professor, Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I teach courses in literature and the environment, American literature, and literature and the history of nineteenth-century science, especially the emergence of evolutionary thought and Darwinism. Most of my research focuses on 19th century American women writers, nature study, and the scientific tradition. I am particularly interested in examining the intellectual and aesthetic experience of nature for women in nineteenth-century America and investigating the linguistic, perceptual, and scientific systems that were available to women to describe those experiences. I have been engaged in a project on Darwin’s female scientific correspondents, in which investigate women’s participation in formal and informal scientific networks. I received my degrees in literature from Columbia University (Ph.D., 2002; M.Phil., 1996; M.A., 1993; B.A., 1991). When I’m not reading about the outside world, I like to be outside, climbing, skiing, or hiking through the mountains with my dog.
Nature, Culture, and Technology
The Colorado River, Literature of Scientific Discovery
Darwin and Evolutionary Thought
“Good Observers of Nature”: American Women and the Scientific Study of the Natural World, 1820-1885. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007.
America’s Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture. Athens: University of Georgia Press (forthcoming Spring 2014)
“Woman and Scientific Correspondence Networks” The Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, forthcoming 2016)
“Evolutionary Narratives: Darwin’s Botany and American Periodical Literature” in Darwin Inspired Learning, edited by Carolyn Boulter, Michael Reiss, Dawn Sanders (Sense Publishers, U.K., 2015)
“Criminal Botany: Progress, Degeneration, and Darwin’s Insectivorous Plants” in American’s Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Culture (University of Georgia Press, 2014)
“Introduction: Textual Responses to Darwinian Theory in the U.S. Scene,” with Lydia Fisher, in American’s Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Culture (University of Georgia Press, 2014)
“Botanical Smuts and Hermaphrodites: Lydia Becker, Darwin’s Botany, and Education Reform” Isis, 104:2 (2013): 250-277.
“The Return to the Primitive: Evolution, Atavism, and Socialism in Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.” Critical Insights: Nature and the Environment, edited by Scott Slovic (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2012).
“Of Spiders, Ants, and Carnivorous Plants: Domesticity and Darwin in Mary Treat’s Home Studies in Nature.” In Coming Into Contact: Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice, edited by Annie Merrill Ingram, Ian Marshall, Daniel J. Phillipon, and Adam Sweeting (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007): 239-49.
“Introduction” and “Notes” to Call of the Wild and White Fang, by Jack London (New York: Michael J. Fine, 2003): xiii-xxvi; 293-297.
“‘The Noble Designs of Nature’: God, Science, and the Picturesque in Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Rural Hours.” In Susan Fenimore Cooper: New Essays on Rural Hours and Other Works, edited by Rochelle Johnson and Daniel Patterson (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001): 169-90.
“Mary Treat.” In Early American Nature Writers: A Biographical Encyclopedia, edited by Daniel Patterson (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008).
“Aldo Leopold.” In Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, edited by Carl Mitcham, v. 2 (New York: MacMillan Reference Books, 2005): 1001-03
“Mary Treat.” In Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, edited by Carl Mitcham, v. 3 (New York: MacMillan Reference Books, 2005): 1743-45.
“From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America.” By Kimberly Hamlin. National Council on Science Education. (website)
“Clandestine Marriage: Botany and Romantic Culture.” By Theresa M. Kelley. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment 20:3 (2013): 698-99.
“‘Our Sister’s Keepers’: Nineteenth-Century Benevolence Literature by American Women.” CHOICE. 43: 6 (February 2006): 1018.
“Reading the Roots: American Nature Writing before Walden.” Journal of Agricultural History. 79: 4 (Fall 2005): 501-02.