Empire of DefenseBooks

Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War. Forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in 2019.

Whiteness on the Edge of Town: Veteran America and White Racial Politics since Vietnam. Manuscript in preparation.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“The Thin White Line: Veterans and the White Racial Politics of Creative Writing.” Forthcoming in American Literature 91, no. 4 (2019).

“Like a Refugee: Veterans, Vietnam, and the Making of a False Equivalence.” Forthcoming in American Quarterly 71, no. 1 (2019).

“Military Whiteness.” Critical Inquiry 45, no. 1 (2018): 76–96.

“Dispatches from the Drug Wars: Ishmael Reed, Oscar Zeta Acosta, and the Viet Cong of America.” Modern Fiction Studies 64, no. 1 (2018): 79–103.

“Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome Narrative: Human Rights, the Nayirah Testimony, and the Gulf War.” American Quarterly 69, no. 1 (2017): 71–92.

“The Ethnicization of Veteran America: Larry Heinemann, Toni Morrison, and Military Whiteness after Vietnam.” Contemporary Literature 57, no. 3 (2016): 410–40.

“The Exceptionalist Optics of 9/11 Photography.” Journal of American Studies 50, no. 1 (2016): 185–204.

“The Literary Afterlife of the Korean War.” American Literature 87, no. 1 (2015): 79–105.

“Airport Memory: Recalling Vietnam from the Terminal in Andrew Pham’s Travel Writing.” Criticism 57, no. 2 (2015): 191–210.

“Universality at War: Race, Nation, and Communism in Chester Himes’s If He Hollers Let Him Go.” African American Review 48, no. 1–2 (2015): 157–73.

“The Visual Apologetics of Philip Roth’s Pastoral America.” Philip Roth Studies 11, no. 2 (2015): 77–94.

“MLK at the LA Riots: Civil Rights, Memory, and Neoliberalism in Charles Johnson’s Dreamer.” Twentieth-Century Literature 60, no. 2 (2014): 197–221.

“Precarious World: Rethinking Global Fiction in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” Mosaic 47, no. 3 (2014): 107–22.

“The Sacrificial Enterprise: Negotiating Mutilation in W. D. Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes.” American Literary Realism 46, no. 3 (2014): 210–29.

“Graphic Ethics: Theorizing the Face in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.” College Literature 40, no. 2 (2013): 31–51.

Special Issues

Editor. “Literary Counterhistories of US Exceptionalism.” Special issue, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 25, no. 2 (2014).

Book Reviews

Review of Contemporary Drift: Genre, Historicism, and the Problem of the Present, by Theodore Martin. Forthcoming in Modern Fiction Studies 65, no. 2 (2019).

Review of The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol’niki Park to Chicago’s South Side, by Kate A. Baldwin; and Reading America: Citizenship, Democracy, and Cold War Literature, by Kristin L. Matthews. American Literature 90, no. 3 (2018): 664–66.

Review of Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the U.S. Racial Imagination in Brown and White, by Lee Bebout; and Playing in the White: Black Writers, White Subjects, by Stephanie Li.  Critical Inquiry 44, no. 4 (2018): 791–93.

Review of Cold War Friendships: Korea, Vietnam, and Asian American Literature, by Josephine Nock-Hee Park. MELUS 42, no. 2 (2017): 203–5.

Review of Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature, by Rebecca L. Walkowitz. Modern Fiction Studies 63, no. 1 (2017): 169–71.

Review of Distant Wars Visible: The Ambivalence of Witnessing, by Wendy Kozol. Critical Inquiry 42, no. 3 (2016): 714–16.

Review of Humanitarian Violence: The U.S. Deployment of Diversity, by Neda Atanasoski. MELUS 40, no. 3 (2015): 205–7.

“The Global Remaking of the American Political Novel.” Review of Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the Twenty-First Century, by Caren Irr. Contemporary Literature 55, no. 2 (2014): 430–37.

Review of No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives, by Steven Belletto. Modern Fiction Studies 60, no. 2 (2014): 390–93.

“Narratives of Exception in the Warfare State.” Introduction to “Literary Counterhistories of US Exceptionalism,” edited by Joseph Darda, 80­­–87. Special issue, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 25, no. 2 (2014).

“Old Left, New Class: Literary Anxiety in the Consumers’ Republic.” Review of Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post–World War II American Fiction, by Stephen Schryer; Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party, by Michael Szalay; and American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War, by Alan M. Wald. Minnesota Review, no. 82 (2014): 151–60.

“When Is Postwar?” Review of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences, by Mary L. Dudziak; Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government, by James T. Sparrow; and How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey across America, by Jon Wiener. American Quarterly 65, no. 4 (2013): 639–48.

Review of Constructing the Enemy: Empathy/Antipathy in U.S. Literature and Law, by Rajini Srikanth. MELUS 38, no. 3 (2013): 175–76.

Public Writing

“The Thin White Line.” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 19, 2018.

“The Surprising Roots of Recent White Extremism.” Los Angeles Review of Books, April 9, 2018.

“Post-Traumatic Whiteness: How Vietnam Veterans Became the Basis for a New White Identity Politics.” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 21, 2017.

“A New New Man: Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark Turns Twenty-Five.” Los Angeles Review of Books, August 17, 2017.

“How America Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Drone.” Austin American-Statesman, August 2, 2017.

“Trump Taps a Long U.S. Cultural History of Pitting Immigrants against Veterans.” Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2017.