Veronica Watson

  • Dr. Veronica WatsonProfessor

    Director of Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism

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

    Professional Biography: PDF | Word (docx)


    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 Short Stories of Frank Yerby. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
    • “Blackness, Wartime Masculinity, and the Protest Tradition in Frank Yerby’s Short Fiction.” Rediscovering Frank Yerby: Critical Essays.  Ed. Matthew Teutsch.  University Press of Mississippi, 2020.  68-88.
    • “Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.” Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about their Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes. Ed. George Yancy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
    • Watson, Veronica and Becky Thompson. “Theorizing White Racial Trauma and its Remedies” (Co-authored with Becky Thompson).  Unveiling Whiteness in the 21st Century: Global Manifestations, Transdisciplinary Interventions. 2015.
    • Unveiling Whiteness in the 21st Century: Global Manifestations, Transdisciplinary Interventions.  Lead Editor, with Deirdre Howard-Wagner and Lisa SpaniermanLanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.
    • 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. (Winter 2011): 3-23.
    • “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.

    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
    • ENGL 955 The History and Theory of Criticism