Whitney Womack Smith

Professor of English

Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures and Writing
Affiliate in Women’s Studies
Affiliate in Black World Studies

232 Rentschler
Hamilton Campus
204A Johnston
Middletown Campus



  • Ph.D., British and American Literature, Purdue University
  • M.A., English, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • B.A., English, University of Missouri-Columbia

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

  • Elizabeth Kenney, Sirpa Salenius, and Whitney Womack Smith, ed. Race and Transatlantic Identities. Routledge, 2017. ISBN: 9780415792530.
  • "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. 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): 119-25 Print.
  • "'Blind Tom' Abroad: Race, Disability, and Transatlantic Representations of Thomas Wiggins." Special issue of Journal of Transatlantic Studies. 14.2 (2016): 164-75. 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.


  • 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 projects on representations of rural women and on transatlantic women writers.