Assistant Professor, American Literature
PhD (American Literature), Brandeis University
Dr. Cavender’s research and teaching concern modern and contemporary American literature. His scholarly interests include the historical novel, climate change and contemporary ecofiction, critical philosophy and theory, and film and media studies. His current book project, American Fiction and the Problem of Historical Difference, examines how American literature from Henry James to Jesmyn Ward addresses the difficulty of imagining the present as both continuous with and different from the past. His research has appeared in Post45, College Literature, and the edited collection Reading Modernism With Machines from Palgrave Macmillan (2016).