Southern literature, U.S. literature, comics and graphic novels.
Robert Udick Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Plantation Airs: Racial Paternalism and the Transformations of Class in Southern Fiction, 1945-1971. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2007.
Howard Chaykin: Conversations. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. Forthcoming 2011.
Comics and the U.S. South. With Qiana Whitted (University of South Carolina.) University Press of Mississippi: Forthcoming 2011.
"Randall Kenan beyond the Final Frontier: Science Fiction, Superheroes, and the South in A Visitation of Spirits," Southern Literary Journal (2010).
"Third Spaces and First Places: Jack Butler's Jujitsu for Christ and Southern Hybridity." Mississippi Quarterly (2005 [2007)].
"An Interview with Jack Butler." Mississippi Quarterly (2005 ).
"Playing Lady and Imitating Aristocrats: Race, Class, and Money in Eudora Welty's Delta Wedding and The Ponder Heart." Southern Quarterly (2004).
"Poor White Trash, Great White Hope: Race, Class, and the (De) Construction of Whiteness in Lewis Nordon's (Wolf Whistle)," Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (2004).
Richard Wright's Lawd Today! And the Political Uses of Modernism." African American Review (2003); reprinted in Bloom's Modern Critical Views: Richard Wright (2009).
"Working' Towards a Sense of Agency: Determinism in The Wings of the Dove." Twisted from the Ordinary: Essays in American Literary Naturalism (2003).
"Hybridity and Racial Identity in Walker Percy's The Last Gentleman." Mississippi Quarterly (2001-02)