My research takes an intersectional approach to Indigenous Literature of the Western Hemisphere, while my teaching more broadly emphasizes race and gender across literary periods and locales. My book project, “Indigenous Women’s Resistance in 19th Century Popular Media,” examines the biopolitics of Indigenous women’s manipulation of settler-colonial rhetorics in the long 19th century.

When teaching, I encourage students to find their own voices through intersectional discussions of texts that demonstrate the rich diversity of American literature. My courses rely on discussion-based pedagogy that allows students to discover their voices, critically engage with texts, and take ownership of their education.


Ph.D. in English, University of Arkansas, May 2017

M.A. in English, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, May 2013

B.A. in Literature and Studio Art, Cum Laude, University of Evansville, December 2010


“The Long Arm of the Phoenix in Nineteenth Century Political Reprinting.” In American Periodicals, 28, no. 1 (2018): 41-55.


“Indigenous Speakers: ‘Race Traitor’ or Rights Activist?” In “Not Light, but Fire”: Activist Issues and Contemporary Echoes in Nineteenth-Century American Rhetorics, eds. Patricia Bizzell and Lisa Zimmerelli, MLA Press.


Modern Language Association

American Studies Association

National Women’s Studies Association

Southeastern Modern Language Association

Southeastern American Studies Association

Megan Vallowe

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