American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture/UNCP, 2006). Awarded the Jamestown Prize (2005) and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize (2006).

Editorial Reviews

Bloomsbury Review, May-June, 2006
"Brilliant chapters. . . . Wide-ranging research. . . . American Curiosity is a significant contribution to prerevolutionary social and intellectual history." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

"This groundbreaking book finally puts natural history where it belongs--at the center of eighteenth-century American cultural history." - Pauline Maier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"This elegant, indeed sparkling, book examines how the New World cultivated science, not just sugar or tobacco, and exported it to Europe." - Richard Drayton, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University

"A signal contribution to the cultural dimension of Western expansion and the foundation of the Atlantic economy."
Walter D. Mignolo, Duke University

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Articles and Chapters in Collections
Introduction to Robert Beverley’s The History and Present State of Virginia (1705) to be re-issued by OIEAHC/UNCP in 2007.

“William Byrd II and the Crossed Languages of Science, Satire, and Empire in British America” in eds., Ralph Bauer (University of Maryland) and José  Antonio Mazzotti (Harvard), Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities (forthcoming, OIEAHC/UNCP, 2007).

“Diasporic African Sources of Enlightenment Knowledge” in eds., James Delbourgo (McGill) and Nicholas Dew (McGill), Atlantic Knowledges (forthcoming, Routledge Press, 2007).

“Environment, Knowledge, and Slave Portraiture in Colonial Surinam: Considering Two William Blake Engravings in Stedman’s 1796 Narrative” in eds., Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (University of Chicago) and Angela Rosenthal (Dartmouth), Invisible Subjects? Slave Portraiture in the Circum-Atlantic World (1660-1890) (collection under submission University of Chicago Press).

“Scientific Discourse” in ed. Kevin J. Hayes, Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2007).

Biographical and Bibliographical Essay on “William Byrd II” for The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume I, 4th Edition (2002).

“Women’s Nature: Curiosity, Pastoral, and the New Science in British America,” Early American Literature 37.2 (UNCP, July 2002), 195-238.

“The Female Opossum and the Nature of the New World,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 3d Series, Vol. LIV, No. 3 (July 1997), 475-514 (lead article).  This article was awarded the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture’s Richard L. Morton Award for 1997 and an Honorable Mention for the South-Eastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ Percy Adams Prize for 1998.

Book Reviews and Review Essays
Review Essay: “The ‘Hemispheric Turn’ in Colonial American Studies,” Early American Literature 40:3 (2005) 545-553.

Review of Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, and Politics in the Early Modern World, edited by Londa Schiebinger and Claudia Swan (U of Pennsylvania P, 2005) forthcoming in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (2006).

Review of William Merrill Decker, Epistolary Practices: Letter Writing in America before Telecommunications (UNCP, 1998) in Modern Philology 99.3 (February 2002).

Review of Victoria Dickenson, Drawn from Life: Science and Art in the Portrayal of the New World (UTP, 1998) in The University of Toronto Quarterly 69.1 (December 1999).