Publications profile

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016).

“The Bechdel Test and the Social Form of Character Networks,” New Literary History 46, no. 3 (summer 2015): 503-23. [pdf] (Ralph Cohen Prize 2015)

”‘Stutter-Stop Flash-Bulb Strange’: GMOs and the Aesthetics of Scale in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl,” Science Fiction Studies 42, no. 3 (fall 2015): 500-18. [pdf] (SFRA Pioneer Award 2016)

“The Topos of the Cult in David Mitchell’s Global Novels,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 47, no. 3 (fall 2014): 443–59. [pdf]

“Simply by Reacting?: The Sociology of Race and Invisible Man’s Automata,” American Literature 83:3 (September 2011): 571–96. [pdf] (Norman Foerster Prize 2011)


Reviews and Other Writing

“Digital Humanities Knowledge: Reflections on the Introductory Graduate Syllabus,” in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016), 194–98. [open-access version]

“The Existential Robot,” review of Despina Kakoudaki, Anatomy of a Robot, in Contemporary Literature 56, no. 4 (winter 2015): 695–700.

“Political Fictions, Post-45,” a review of Michael Szalay, Hip Figures and Timothy S. Melley, The Covert Sphere, in Novel: A Forum on Fiction 48, no. 2 (August 2015), 481–5.

Digital Inhumanities?,” an invited response to Stephen Marche’s “Literature Is Not Data,” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 2012.

Alternate Arabias,” on fiction by Saladin Ahmed and Ahmed Khaled Towfik, Los Angeles Review of Books: Science Fiction Page, September 2012.

Review. “Kenneth W. Warren, What Was African American Literature?,African American Review, 44.5 (winter 2011): 717–19. [pdf]