Commons Democracy: Reading the Politics of Participation in the Early United States. Fordham University Press, 2016.
Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People. Minnesota University Press, Fall 2008.
National Manhood: Capitalist Citizenship and the Imagined Fraternity of White Men. Duke University Press, 1998.
The Word in Black and White: Reading `Race' in American Literature, 1638-1867. Oxford Univ. Press, 1992.
With Russ Castronovo. Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics. Duke Univ. Press, 2002.
Lydia Maria Child, Romance of the Republic (1867). University Press of Kentucky, 1997.
Rebecca Rush, Kelroy, (1812). Oxford Univ. Press, 1993.
Dual edition of and Introduction to Frances Ann Kemble's Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation (1863) and her daughter Frances Butler Leigh's Residence on a Georgia Plantation (1883). Published as Principles and Privilege: Two Women's Lives on a Georgia Plantation. University of Michigan Press, 1994.
Special issue. "AmBushed: On the Costs of Macht-Politik," South Atlantic Quarterly 15.1 (Jan. 2006), November 2005.
Special issue co-edited with Houston Baker. "Violence, the Body and The South," American Literature, 73.2 (June2001)