Ecologies of Racial Justice: A Roundtable

Stefanie Sobelle

Gettysburg College

Stefanie Sobelle is an Associate Professor of English at Gettysburg College. Her book The Architectural Novel, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is an examination of the architecture in and of American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Her current research examines the imaginary of the American desert in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century culture. She is an Associate Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) and the dramaturg for HOME, a work of theater commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Janet Neary

Hunter College, CUNY

Janet Neary is an Associate Professor of English at Hunter College, CUNY. She is the author of Fugitive Testimony: On the Visual Logic of Slave Narratives (Fordham UP, 2017) and editor of Conditions of the Present: Selected Essays by Lindon Barrett, forthcoming from Duke University Press. Recent essays have appeared in J19, ESQ, African American Literature, and MELUS. Her current research focuses on African American literature of Western migration in the mid-nineteenth century in the context of the California Gold Rush and the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law.

Kara Thompson

College of William & Mary

Kara Thompson is an assistant professor of English and American studies at the College of William and Mary where she teaches courses in Native American/Indigenous literature, political theory, and queer studies. She has books under contract and forthcoming from Duke University Press and Bloomsbury. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Avidly, The Philosophical Salon, The Atlantic, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.

Sarah Nance

United States Air Force Academy

Sarah Nance is an Assistant Professor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Her work focuses on the medical humanities, examining portrayals of the ill and disabled body within late nineteenth and twentieth century literature. Her current book project considers American poetry and fiction to argue that the experience of illness creates a multitude of often-overlapping temporal experiences: the durations of chronic illness or depression, the disruptive breaks of onset or surgery, and the stalled progressions of the time between diagnosis, treatment, and the (im)possibility of “cure.”

Rachel Brown

University of Kansas

Rachel Linnea Brown is a doctoral candidate in nineteenth-century American literature at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation traces how locally published autobiographical texts expose the process of settler colonialism in the U.S. (Mid)West, namely Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  Brown earned her MFA in poetry from Colorado State University in 2014, and her writing has previously appeared in Gulf Coast, Subtropics, South Dakota Review, and Black Warrior Review, among other journals.

Andrew Hebard

Miami University of Ohio

Andrew Hebard is an Associate Professor of English at Miami University of Ohio, working in the field of late nineteenth century American literature. He has published articles in journals including American Quarterly; Law, Culture, and the Humanities; African American Review, and Arizona Quarterly, and has a forthcoming chapter on science and aesthetics in the Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism. His book, The Poetics of Sovereignty in American Literature, 1885-1910 (Cambridge, 2013) examines how American literature conventionalized legal forms of sovereignty and administration. His current book project examines the relationship between literary aesthetics, scientific ecology, and the Progressive Era state.

Jeffrey Hole

University of the Pacific

Jeffrey Hole is Associate Professor of English at the University of the Pacific where he teaches courses in American and world literatures, including special topics on U.S. empire, slavery, and the field of literature and law. He is currently completing a book, Cunning Inventions and the Force of Law: Literature after the 1850 Compromise, which examines the concomitances between nineteenth-century American literature and the tactics of fugitive slaves within the context of international law and extra-territorial reach of U.S. power in the wake of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.


Ecologies of Racial JusticeChair: Janet Neary (Hunter College) Presenters:Stefanie Sobelle (Gettysburg College) Jeffrey Hole (University of the Pacific) Sarah Nance (US Air Force Academy) Andrew Hebard (Miami University of... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Stefanie Sobelle (Gettysburg College)
  2. Janet Neary (Hunter College, CUNY)
  3. Kara Thompson (College of William & Mary)
  4. Sarah Nance (United States Air Force Academy)
  5. Rachel Brown (University of Kansas)
  6. Andrew Hebard (Miami University of Ohio)
  7. Jeffrey Hole (University of the Pacific)

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