- Associate Professor of English, Women's Gender Studies
- Graduate Director of Women's Gender Studies
- English Office
- HUO 410
- Women's Gender Studies Office
- Jones 109, (803) 777-0407
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
Areas of Specialization
- American Cultural Studies
- Nineteenth-Century American Literature
- African American Literature
- Gender Studies and Feminist Theory
Recently Taught Courses
||Nature Writing/Writing Nature
||History of Literary Theory and Criticism
||American Romanticism: Structures of Feeling
- NEH Summer Institute Scholar. 2011.
- Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grant. 2007.
- ACLS/Mellon Fellowship for Junior Faculty, American Council of Learned Societies. 2004-05.
- University Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Tulsa. 2007.
- August Derleth Prize for Fiction. UW-Madison. 1999.
Current Research Projects
My new book project focuses on the relationship between cotton culture and black racial formation from 1861 to 1920. Here I am tracing the intersecting structures of racial meaning – regional, national, and global – that post-emancipation cotton economies both produced and relied upon. Through this work, I aim both to enhance our understanding of how conceptions of blackness were created, used, and lived by historical subjects, and to extend current theorizations of race and racial formation. The research draws upon a diverse range of representational practices: I am looking at the cotton centennial celebrations that took place across the South throughout the mid-1880s, myriad forms of industry advertising, debates concerning free labor, debates concerning free trade, visual art, popular entertainment, and works by writers including Charles Chesnutt, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Pauline Hopkins.
- Katherine Adams
- Owning Up: Privacy, Property, and Belonging in U.S. Women's Life Writing, 1840-1890
- Oxford University Press, 2009
- Katherine Adams
- U.S. Women Writing Race: a special issue of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 28:2 (2009). Featuring essays by Antjie Krog, Nosisi Mpolweni, Joyce MacDonald, Katherine Broad, Dianne Johnson, Elizabeth Savage and Lori Harrison-Kahan.
- "Black Belt Blackness: Du Bois on Dirt" in American Dirt. Eds Patricia Yaeger and
Hildegard Hoeller. (Forthcoming Spring 2013)
- "Black Exaltadas" ESQ Special Issue: Exaltadas 57:1-2 (Summer 2011). Eds. Phyllis Cole and Jana Argersinger.
- "Harriet Beecher Stowe, Caroline Lee Hentz, Herman Melville, and American Racialist Exceptionalism." Blackwell Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865. Ed. Shirley Samuels. Blackwell Publishers. (October 2004)
- "Chute Dialogics: A Sidelong Glance from Egypt, Maine." National Women's Studies Association Journal, 17:1 (Spring 2005) 1-22.
- "At the Table with Arendt: Toward an Interest-Based Model of Coalition Discourse." Hypatia: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 17:1 (Winter 2002) 1-33.
- "Cotton-Picking Blackness." Clark University, Race and Ethnic Studies. Worcester, MA. September 2011.
- Exaltadas Roundtable, sponsored by ESQ. American Literature Association, annual meeting. Boston, MA. May 2011.
- "Race, Region, and the Cotton Commodity Chain in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. South." American Studies Association, annual meeting. San Antonio, TX. November 2010.
- "Stagnation and Flow in The Colonel's Dream." American Literature Association, annual meeting. San Francisco, CA. May 2010.
- "Feeling Wrong: Racial Sympathy at the Turn of the Century." Society for the Study of American Women Writers, annual meeting. Philadelphia. October 2009.
- "The Price of Race: Economies of Difference in Alice Dunbar-Nelson's The Goodness of Saint Rocque." Women's and Gender Studies Research Series Lecture. September 2008.
- "Self-Possession Rightly Understood: The Cost of the Individual in Louisa May Alcott's Plumfield." American Literature Association, annual meeting. San Francisco, CA. May 2008.