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

  • "Codes of Kinship: Rural Poverty and Female Resilience in Winter's Bone." With H. Louise Davis. Representing the Other Half: Essays on Poverty in American Popular Culture. Ed. Wylie Lenz. Jefferson, NC: Macfarland, forthcoming 2016. Print.
  • "Introduction: Race and Transatlantic Identities in Culture and Society." With Sirpa Salenius and Elizabeth Kenney. Special issue of Journal of Transatlantic Studies. Forthcoming, 14.2 (2016): forthcoming. 
  • "'Blind Tom' Abroad: Race, Disability, and Transatlantic Representations of Thomas Wiggins." Special issue of Journal of Transatlantic Studies. 14.2 (2016): forthcoming. Print. 
  • "Nontraditional Honors." With Janice Kinghorn.  Lead article in special issue on Honors and the Nontraditional Student.  Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council. 2013.
  • "Transatlantic Cross-Currents:  Reform and Authorship in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Literature."   Review essay of Narrative in the Professional Age:  Transatlantic Readings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps by Jennifer Cognard-Black and The Novel of Purpose:  Literature and Social Reform in the Anglo-American World by Amanda Claybaugh.  Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 5.3 (2009).  Web journal.
  • "Nella Larsen."  American Writers, Supplement XVIII.  Ed. Jay Parini.  Detroit: Gale/Cengage, 2009. 119-34.
  • "Dorothy West."  American Writers, Supplement XVIII.  Ed. Jay Parini. Detroit: Gale/Cengage, 2009.  277-91.
  • "Stowe, Gaskell, and the Woman Reformer."  Transatlantic Stowe.  Ed. Emily Todd, Denise Kohn, and Sarah Meer.  Iowa City:  University of Iowa Press, 2006.  89-110.
  • Review of New Woman Hybridities: Femininity, Feminism and International Consumer Culture, 1880-1930 edited by Ann Heilmann and Margaret Beetham. Journal of Transatlantic Studies 3.2 (2005):  272-74.
  • "Reforming Women's Reform Literature:  Rebecca Harding Davis's Rewriting of the Industrial Novel."   Our Sisters's Keepers:  Theories of Poverty Relief in the Work of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers.  Ed. Debra Bernardi and Jill Bergman.  Tuscaloosa:  University of Alabama Press, 2005.  105-31.
  • ‘Beyond ‘Jiggle TV’: Charlie’s Angels at 25.’ Disco Divas: Women, Gender and Popular Culture in the 1970s. Ed. Sherrie Inness. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2003.
  • ‘Lady Margaret Sackville.’ Dictionary of Literary Biography: Edwardian Women Poets. Vol. 240. Ed. William B. Thesing. Detroit: Gale, 2001. 232-39.
  • ‘Elizabeth Siddal.’ Dictionary of Victorian Women Poets. Vol. 199. Ed. William B. Thesing. Detroit: Gale, 1998. 269-77.
  • Assistant Editor, De Gustibus: A Festschrift for Alain Renoir. Ed. John Miles Foley. New York: Garland Press, 1992.

Awards and Grants

  • YWCA Women of Achievement Award, 2014
  • Miami University Women's Leadership Award Nominee, 2013
  • Institute for Miami Leadership Development, 2012-2013
  • MUH Excellence in Service Award, 2011
  • Summer Appointment at Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC), 2010
  • MUH Honors Director, 2009-2011
  • Women In Leadership Development, 2008-2009
  • Faculty Improvement Leave, 2006
  • Summer Research Appointment, 2004
  • MUH Excellence in Teaching Award, 2004
  • Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities Celebration of Teaching Award, 2003.
  • Assigned Research Appointment, 2002
  • International Travel Grants, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • MUH Research Grants, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010

Work in Progress

Whitney Womack Smith is currently working on a project on the European reception and understanding of the nineteenth-century American celebrity pianist "Blind Tom" Wiggins.