My research focuses on the literature and culture of the United States from the late 18th century to the present day, with a particular interest in contemporary problems of democracy, equality, and freedom. I work in a range of disciplines, including literary theory, visual culture and film, Black studies, Asian American studies, Indigenous studies, queer theory, Marxism, psychoanalysis, and political theory. Within the context of these broader fields, I am especially concerned with the relation between art and politics; questions of genre and form; the realist tradition; modernism and postmodernism; histories of anarchy and revolt; and how both individuals and communities are shaped by formations of gender, sex, race, and class. I am currently finishing a book manuscript on these topics. In this project, I attend to the limits and possibilities of representation, and I ask how aesthetic productions can function as political acts that interrupt or reshape the orders of domination. While I focus on numerous figures in the American tradition, I have done extensive work on the following authors: Walt Whitman, Harriet Jacobs, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Kate Chopin, Wallace Stevens, Djuna Barnes, William Faulkner, Louis Zukofsky, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Leslie Marmon Silko, Ocean Vuong, Safiya Sinclair, Robin Coste Lewis, and Louise Erdrich.