Kelly Vines Kelly Vines

PhD Student in English, Assistant Director of the University Writing Program

260-C Allen Hall 


M.A. in English, Georgia State University, 2014
B.S. in Economics, Georgia State University, 2013
B.A. in English, Georgia State University, 2009

Areas of Interest

American Literature, South African and Caribbean Literatures, Popular Culture, Cultural Studies


Kelly Vines is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at LSU. Her dissertation project, "Post-Plantation Entanglements: Bodies, Objects, and Landscapes in U.S. and South African Literature and Culture," questions how, why, and to what effect contemporary authors, artists, and tourists move through or re-inhabit plantations in symbolic and material ways. Her research has been published in the North Carolina Literary Review and the Mississippi Quarterly. She has presented her work at several conferences including the International Comic Arts Forum, the American Literature Association Annual Conference, the Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference, and the Southern American Studies Association Conference. She teaches courses in English Composition, Business Writing, Women's and Gender Studies, and English Literature. She currently serves as the President of the Emerging Scholars Organization, an affiliate of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. As the President of the ESO, she is dedicated to facilitating communication and collaboration between southern studies scholars across disparate geographies, making SSSL and southern studies a more welcoming place for emerging scholars, and advocating on behalf of emerging scholars in political realms. She also co-produces a podcast about the U.S. South: 

Honors and Awards

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship, 2018-2019
Sarah L. Liggett Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, 2018
Department of English Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, 2018
Gale Carrithers Outstanding Critical Essay Award for “A Drama of Race and Class: Southern Progressivism in Paul Green’s The House of Connelly,” 2016

Selected Publications

"A Drama of Race and Class: Southern Progressivism in Paul Green's The House of Connelly." North Carolina Literary Review, vol. 25, 2016, pp. 72-85. 

"Popular Culture and Public Scholarship in the South." Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 68, no. 1-2, 2015. pp. 24-27. [Published in 2017.]

Co-Editor. "Blast South: Manifestos of Southern Vorticism." Special Roundtable for Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 68, no. 1-2, 2015. pp. 5-42. [Published in 2017.]

Curriculum Vitae