John Hay specializes in American literature, particularly in authors and texts of the nineteenth century. His scholarly interests also include the history of science, literary realism, narratology, and intellectual history. His first book, Postapocalyptic Fantasies in Antebellum American Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines the ways in which U.S. writers imagined the nation’s position in history. Prof. Hay’s essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the New England Quarterly, ESQ, Nineteenth-Century Prose , Philosophy and Literature, Literature in the Early American Republic, The Oxford Handbook of Jack London , and Science Fiction Film & Television . He has also authored reviews for Studies in American Naturalism , Configurations , the Journal of the Early Republic, and Public Books. Prof. Hay was the recipient of a 2016 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. He is currently a member of the executive board for the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.