Essays and book chapters in progress focus on: (i) Lyric citizenship: case studies on the connections among writing, the literary, and sites of conscience; (ii) Civic generations: alumni as allies in higher education's public mission; (iii) Best-selling poems in the age of the novel: popular verse tales of exile and trauma
Chicago University Press published my third book, Cato's Tears, in 1999. My earlier books were Emerson’s Romantic Style (Princeton, 1984) and Delicate Subjects (Cornell, 1990). Articles have appeared in American Literature, American Literary History, Studies in Romanticism, Critical Inquiry, ELH, and edited volumes, most recently “Lyric Citizenship in Post 9/11 Performance: Sekou Sundiata’sthe 51st (dream) state " in American Literature’s Aesthetic Dimensions (Columbia, 2012).
With Dr. Timothy K. Eatman, I co-authored Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University(2008). In 2009 I published “This American Life: How are the Humanities Public?" one of five commissioned essays for the Humanities Indicators Prototype of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. My guest column, “The New Public Humanists,” appeared in the March 2013 issue of PMLA. I have recently received Kettering Foundation funding to support a framing paper and reports on the Citizen Alum initiative (www.citizenalum.org).