I teach a variety of periods of U.S. literature—mostly pre-1900. I’m invested in teaching U.S. literary production as a multicultural endeavor, but that goes beyond simply an appreciation of different cultures and groups. It also means considering “literature” broadly speaking as a terrain on which social and political struggle is waged. In my research, one project I’ve been particularly interested in lately has to do with the representations put forth by both Mexican and U.S. participants at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. I have spent some time in archives in Mexico and Chicago and found some wonderful materials. Also, I’m revising a piece on Melville and his engagement with American empire.