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PhD, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 2000

B.A., English, Calvin College, 1994.


Leverhulme Visiting Professor of English, Lancaster University, UK (August 1 – December 30, 2018)

Professor of English (with tenure), Rutgers University, 2015-present

Associate Professor of English (with tenure), Rutgers University, 2007-2015

Assistant Professor of English, Rutgers University, 2000-2007


ACLS Fellowship, 2008-09

Faculty Fellow, Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University, 2000-2001, 2006-07, 2007-2008, 2013-2014

*Co-director, “Mind and Culture” seminar, CCA, 2006-2008; Co-director, “Objects and Environments” seminar, 2013-14

Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 2003-2004.

Moscow Teaching Award, University of Michigan, 2000.

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, 1997.

Pew Younger Scholars Fellowship, 1994.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1994.


Unquiet Things: Secularism in the Romantic Age (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)

Reviews in: SEL, Review 19, Romantic Circles, Journal of British Studies, Religious Studies Review, The Wordsworth CircleMLQ, The Journal of Religion

The Book of God: Secularization and Design in the Romantic Era (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007).

reviews in:  Studies in Romanticism, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, Eighteenth Century LifeRomantic Circles Reviews, 1650-1850, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, TLS, SEL omnibus review.


Working with A Secular Age: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Charles Taylor’s Master Narrative, ed. Florian Zemmin, Colin Jager and Guido Vanheeswijck. DeGruyter, 2016.

A special issue of Christianity and Literature on the question of literature and the post-secular; essays by John McClure, Mark Knight, Lori Branch, Alex Hampton, Kevin Seidel, Christopher Douglas, Dawn Coleman, Kathryn Ludwig.  Forthcoming 2018.


[for pdfs and links see the Publications page]

“The Romantic Critique of Life,” The Wordsworth Circle, 2016

“Language Within Language: Reform, Identity, and Literature in A Secular Age,” in Working with A Secular Age: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Charles Taylor’s Master Narrative, ed. Florian Zemmin, Colin Jager, and Guido Vanheesiwjk, DeGruyter, 2016.

“Reconciliation in South Africa: World Literature, World Religion, Global Capital,” in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion, ed. Mark Knight (Routledge, 2016)

“The Entangled Spirituality of ‘The Thorn’” in British Romanticism: Criticism and Debates, ed. Mark Canuel (Routledge, 2015)

“Crossing the Line: Blasphemy, Time, and Anonymity,” Qui Parle 22.4, Spring 2014.

“Common Quiet: Tolerance Around 1688,” ELH, 79.3, Fall 2012.

“Can We Talk About Consciousness Again?,” Romantic Circles Praxis, September 2011.

“Shelley After Atheism,” Studies in Romanticism 49.4, Winter 2010.

  • winner of the Keats-Shelley Association annual award for the best essay in romantic studies

“Literary Enchantment and Literary Opposition from Hume to Scott” Secular Faiths, ed. Vincent Lloyd and Elliot Ratzman (Cascade Books, 2010).

“This Detail, This History: Charles Taylor’s Romanticism,” Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age, ed. Michael Warner, Jonathan Van Antwerpen, Craig Calhoun  (Harvard University Press, 2010).

“The Demands of the Day,” Pedagogy 10.1, 2010.

“Introduction: Secularism, Cosmopolitanism, and Romanticism,” a special issue of Romantic Circles Praxis, ed. Colin Jager, August, 2008.  Essays by Paul Hamilton, Mark Canuel, Colin Jager, Bruce Robbins.

“Byron and Romantic Occidentalism” Romantic Circles Praxis, August, 2008.

“Romanticism/Secularization/Secularism,” Blackwell Literature Compass 5, 2008.

“A Poetics of Dissent; or, Pantisocracy in America,” Theory and Event 10:1, 2007.

“After the Secular: The Subject of Romanticism,” Public Culture 18.2, 2006.

Mansfield Park and the End of Natural Theology,” Modern Language Quarterly 63.1, 2002.


Cognition, Culture, Romanticism: A Review Essay,” co-written with John Savarese

My author page at The Immanent Frame, with links to articles

An interview at The Immanent Frame (October, 2010).

3 Quarks Daily web seminar on Akeel Bilgrami’s “Enlightenment and Disenchantment,” (2008).