I (they /them) am an Assistant Professor of English at New York University. My work looks to the language of rhetoric and figure in order to understand the historical processes of the enclosure and dispossession of non-capitalist ways of living that define romanticism and the present. This work assembles an itinerant archive of poetry, science writing, histories of materialsim, political economy, and public speeches of the Romantic period
My current book manuscript, History Dispossessed: The Romanticrhetoric of Accumulation History, reads riots through apostrophe, enclosure through anachronism, superstition and witchcraft through tautology, and subsistence living through coincidence with universal history. It shows the figural to be a material record of the survival of non-capitalist forms of life within capitalism. Rejecting the tendency to treat such survival as always-already resistant or subversive to capitalism and modernity, this book argues instead for a far more ambivalent and entwined relationship between figure and what Karl Marx ironically deemed "so-called primitive accumulation."
I also work collaboratively and collectively on projects about higher education, capitalism, and alternative ways of organizing study and education.
Some of the courses I have taught at NYU include:
Public Humanities Senior Seminar
The Literature of Riots
Abolition and the Hearing of Unheard languages: or, Chatter, Mumble, Stutter, Murmur, Rumor, Gossip (with Fred Moten)
Romantic Habits and the Everyday
Race, Romanticism, and the Life Sciences