Katherine Henninger

Associate Professor

Office: 245-C Allen Hall

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Office Phone:
(225) 578-7807


  • Southern literature and culture
  • 20th century American literature
  • Women's and Gender studies
  • photography and literature
  • Louisiana and Caribbean studies.




My current research interests stem from my desire to understand fundamental aspects of biological diversity. These fundamental aspects include the relationships of organisms and their morphological complexity. I study these aspects using phylogenetic systematics, geometric morphometrics and other tools. These tools allow us to understand broader themes such as historical biogeography, molecular evolution, conservation and the evolution of morphological diversity. As an ichthyologist my focus is on process oriented evolutionary biology in marine fishes and pattern oriented evolutionary biology in freshwater fishes. As a systematist I use molecular and morphological tools to help discover relationships among species and resolve taxonomy in order to better understand the evolutionary history of fishes.


Curriculum Vitae



Ordering the Facade: Photography and the Politics of Representation in Contemporary Southern Women's Fiction (forthcoming);. Beyond the Islands: Extending the Meanings of Caribbean Culture, ed. (forthcoming). 


"Walker Evans" and "Alfred Stieglitz," William Carlos Williams Encyclopedia (forthcoming); "Claiming Access: Controlling Images in Dorothy Allison," Arizona Quarterly (2004); "Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and the Postcolonial Gaze," Mississippi Quarterly (2003); "The Death of the Southern Male Gaze: Josephine Humphreys' Cultured Revisionings," The Southern Quarterly (2001); "'It's a outrage': Pregnancy and Abortion in Faulkner's Fiction of the Thirties," Faulkner Journal I(1996).