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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Caroline Wigginton

Caroline Wigginton (Ph.D., Texas) is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies. She teaches courses in early American literatures and race, gender, and sexuality studies. Currently, she is at work on a second monograph, Indigenuity: Native Craftwork and the Material of Early American Books, which examines the aesthetic, material, and imaginative influence of Native craftwork on American literatures. With Alyssa Mt. Pleasant and Kelly Wisecup, she co-edited a joint forum for Early American Literature and the William and Mary Quarterly on Materials and Methods in Native and Indigenous Studies. During the 2017-2018 academic year, she was an American Council of Learned Societies Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Fellow.



  • Ph. D., English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • M.A., English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • B.A., English, The Ohio State University, 1998
  • B.S., Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, 1998

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • American Literature to 1865
  • Native American Literatures
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Transatlantic Eighteenth Century
  • Religion, Race, and Culture
  • Material Culture Studies


  • In the Neighborhood: Women’s Publication in Early America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016)
  • Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions, co-edited with Joanna M. Brooks and Lisa L. Moore (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

  • “Indian Pipe Bibliography,” solicited contribution for The Unfinished Book, ed. by Alexandra Gillespie and Deidre Lynch (Oxford University Press, in progress)
  • “Feeling Godly: Religious Affections in Early America,” co-edited with Abram Van Engen, a special issue of Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (forthcoming 2020)
  • “Letters from a Woman in Pennsylvania, or, Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson Dreams of John Dickinson,” Community without Consent: New Perspectives on the Stamp Act, ed. by Zachary McLeod Hutchins (Dartmouth College Press, 2016: 89-112)
  • “A Chain of Misattribution: Phillis Wheatley, Mary Whateley, and ‘An Elegy on Leaving’,” Early American Literature3 (2012), 679-84

Recent Awards and Fellowships:

  • “Indigenous Art and Activism in Changing Climates: 
The Mississippi River Valley, Colonialism, and Environmental Change,” Humanities Without Walls Consortium Grant, project co-designer and consultant and University of Mississippi workshop director, 2018- 2020
  • Society of Early Americanists Essay Prize, 2018
  • ACLS/Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Fellowship, 2017-2018
  • Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library Short-Term Research Fellowship, 2017
  • Huntington Library Conference Grant, “Religious Affections in Colonial North America,” 2017
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, Rare Book School, University of Virginia, 2015-2017

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