My research explores the intersections between narrative and food in 19th century America in order to better understand how dietary preference operated as a locus of identity, both individual and communal. I am particularly interested in bringing into focus the ways that the myriad food cultures found the United States during the 19th century shaped and were shaped by literary texts, specifically in their engagements with the realms of the spiritual, the supernatural, and the ghostly.
Claiming Others: Transracial Adoption and National Belonging
Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture
Borderlands Saints: Secular Sanctity in Chicano/a and Mexican Culture (Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States)