Whitney Womack Smith

Whitney Womack Smith
Professor of English
Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Writing
Affiliate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate in Black World Studies

Hamilton Campus, 237 Rentschler


  • PhD, British and American Literature, Purdue University, 1999
  • MA, English, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1993
  • BA, English, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991

Teaching Interests

  • 19th-Century Women's Literature 
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Feminist Literary Theory
  • Composition

Research Interests

  • 19th-Century Transatlantic Literary Studies
  • American Women Writers, particularly Harriet Beecher Stowe  and Rebecca Harding Davis
  • Fame and Celebrity in the 19th Century

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

  • Representing Rural Women, co-edited with Margaret Thomas-Evans. Lexington Press, 2019. 
  • Race and Transatlantic Identities, co-edited with Elizabeth Kenney and Sirpa Salenius. Routledge, 2017. 


  • "Transformative Change at Miami University's Regional Campuses" co-authored with Cathy Bishop-Clark, Moira Casey, and Marianne Cotugno. Academic Labor Beyond the College Classroom: Working for Our Values. Ed. Kirsti Cole and Holly Hassel. Routledge, 2019.
  • "Codes of Kinship: Rural Poverty and Female Resilience in Winter's Bone" co-authored with H. Louise Davis. Representing Rural Women. Ed. Margaret Thomas-Evans and Whitney Womack Smith. Lexington Press, 2019. 99-110.
  • "‘Blind Tom' Abroad: Race, Disability, and Transatlantic Representations of Thomas Wiggins." Journal of Transatlantic Studies. 14.2 (2016): 164-75. 
  • "Nontraditional Honors," co-authored with Janice Kinghorn. Lead essay in special issue on "Honors and the Nontraditional Student." Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 14.1 (2013): 15-22.
  • "Stowe, Gaskell, and the Woman Reformer." Transatlantic Stowe. Ed. Emily Todd, Denise Kohn, and Sarah Meer. University of Iowa Press, 2006. 89-110.
  • "Reforming Women's Reform Literature: Rebecca Harding Davis's Rewriting of the Industrial Novel." Our Sisters' Keepers: Theories of Poverty Relief in the Work of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers. Ed. Debra Bernardi and Jill Bergman. University of Alabama Press, 2005. 105-31. 

Awards and Grants

  • Cincy Magazine, Outstanding Educator Award, 2019
  • Faculty Achievement in Advising Award, Miami Regionals, 2017
  • YWCA Hamilton Outstanding Woman of Achievement for Higher Education, 2014
  • Excellence in Service Award, Miami University Hamilton, 2011
  • Celebration of Teaching Award, Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities, 2004
  • Excellence in Full-Time Teaching Award, Miami University Hamilton, 2004

Work in Progress

Whitney Womack Smith is currently working on an edited volume emerging from the Transatlantic Women III conference in Dublin, Ireland.