Veronica Watson

  • Dr. Veronica WatsonProfessor

    Director, Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research

    Office: 506C Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    Phone: 724-357-4072


    PhD, Rice University, 1997
     Academic Interests

    • The literature of white estrangement/white life fiction
    • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American literature and culture
    • Critical whiteness studies
    • Twentieth-century American fiction
    • Southern literary studies
    • Nineteenth-century discourses on race and citizenship


    • The Souls of White Folks:African American Writers Theorize Whiteness.  Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 2013
    • “Lillian B. Horace and the Literature of White Estrangement: Rediscovering an African American Intellectual of the Jim Crow Era.” Mississippi Quarterly. FORTHCOMING, Winter 2011.
    • “Demythologizing Whiteness in Frank Yerby’s The Foxes of Harrow.” Journal of Ethnic American Literature 1 (2011): 92-110.
    • “The Next Step: Teach(ing) an African American Counter-Narrative to Whiteness.” Teaching Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: Perspectives from North America. Emily Horowitz, ed. 2008.
    • "A Teacher’s View of Virtual Harlem." Configuring History: Teaching the Harlem Renaissance through Virtual Reality Cityscapes. James Sosnoski, Patricia Harkin and Bryan Carter, eds. 2006.
    • “Incorporating Metaphors: Victimization and Empowerment in Gayl Jones' Eva's Man.” Black Liberation in the Americas. Fritz Gysin and Christopher Mulvey, eds. LIT Verlag of Hamburg, 2001.

    Courses Taught

    • ENGL 674: Research Trends in English
    • ENGL 760-860 Teaching College Literature
    • ENGL 761-861 Topics in American Literature before 1870: Narrating Slavery in Nineteenth Century America; Douglass, Melville and Stowe: Three American Classics
    • ENGL 762/862 Topics in American Literature since 1870: Re-Framing the Southern Literary Tradition: a Dialogue in White and Black; American Whiteness 
    • ENGL 772/872 Women’s Literature: The Politics of African-American Women’s Writing; Reconsidering Southern Women’s Writing; Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women Writers
    • ENGL 773/873 Topics in Minority Literature: The Autobiographical “I”/Eye; (W)Rites of Passing: Narratives of Shifting African American Identities; Narrating Slavery