My specialized field of research is the history of publishing and literacy in the United States. More commonly, I work in the area which has come to be called history of the book studies, and I work primarily in the North American context. I am interested in how different forms of writing influence a vast array of cultural practices from religious preaching to proper etiquette at meals. More specifically, I have spent my career working on religious publishing in the United States and have written extensively on the production of the English Bible in America.

Research interests:

  • American literature and culture, 1640-1860
  • History of the book in America
  • American religious and intellectual thought
  • Religious publishing
  • Literacy studies
English, North American Studies, Religious Studies
PhD, University of Iowa, American Studies, 1996
MA, University of Iowa, American Studies, 1992
MA, Stanford University, English, 1985
BA, Stanford University, English and History, 1984