Jon Smith



  • BA (Yale)
  • MA, MEd, PhD (Virginia)


Jon presently works chiefly on the U.S. South from postcolonial and cultural-studies perspectives. His essays and essay-reviews have appeared in American Literary History, American Literature, Contemporary Literature, The Global South, and Modern Fiction Studies, as well as in several essay collections on topics ranging from Faulkner to alt-country. With Deborah Cohn of Indiana University, he coedited Look Away! The U.S. South in New World Studies (Duke UP 04). His own book, Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies, was published in 2013. With Scott Romine, he is co-writing Against Cornbread Nationalism: How Foodways Partisans Misrepresent the South.