Meredith Farmer, an Assistant Teaching Professor at Wake Forest University, received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in December 2016. Her current research focuses on Herman Melville's surprisingly unexamined relationship to science—
or, more aptly, the way a set of scientific narratives (biology, chemistry, meteorology, electromagnetism) enabled Melville to think differently about the idea of the “person.” Her project, Melville’s Ontology, is under advance contract with Northwestern University Press. She is also at work on a short biography, which details Melville’s remarkable education in what we now describe as "STEM fields," and (with Jonathan Schroeder) an edited collection, Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn,
which is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press.