Once More to the Garden: American Education History and the American Studies Field Imaginary Reconsidered

Justin Nevin

Binghamton University, The State University of New York

Justin Nevin is a PhD candidate in English at SUNY Binghamton, and plans to defend in August. Justin's publications include a book that teaches narrative nonfiction to high school students (2014) and an article that theorizes contrapuntal modes of debt in three texts (2017). A licensed high school English teacher, Justin has been teaching for about ten years between the secondary and postsecondary levels. He is a 2017 winner of the university’s graduate research award and a three-time seminarian at the Dartmouth Futures Institute. The highlight of his graduate career is speaking as a co-panelist with Donald Pease.


I argue that national educational debates and methodological debates in American studies intersect at field-envisioning semantic and ideological sites in common—here I am interested in that of the garden. American studies... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Justin Nevin (Binghamton University, The State University of New York)

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Childhood Teleologies: Climates of Growth


S7a » Seminar 7.a: Childhood Teleologies: Climates of Growth I (15:45 - Friday, 23rd March, Boardroom East)

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