Katy Chiles teaches and writes about African American and Native American literature, early American literature and culture, critical race theory, and print cultures. Affiliated with the Africana Studies program, Professor Chiles teaches courses such as Major Black Writers, the Antebellum Black Atlantic, Black American Literature and Aesthetics, and Critical Race Theory. She has been awarded the University of Tennessee Research and Creative Achievement—Professional Promise Award from the UT Chancellor ’s Office; she has also received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Tennessee Alumni Association. Her research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, the Newberry Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her book, Transformable Race: Surprising Metamorphoses in the Literatures of Early America, was published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. She is currently working on another book project that examines race, collaboration, and print history in early American literature.
Ph.D. Northwestern University
M.A. Northwestern University
B.A. University of Kentucky
- Transformable Race: Surprising Metamorphoses in the Literatures of Early America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- "Tribal Sovereignty, Native American Literature, and the Complex Legacy of Hendrick Aupaumut.” In Stories of Nation: Fiction, Politics, and the American Experience, eds. Martin Griffin and Christopher Hebert. University of Tennessee Press, 2017. 199-223.
- “From Writing the Slave Self to Querying the Human: The First 25 Years of The Signifying Monkey,” solicited for symposium on Henry L. Gates’s The Signifying Monkey for Early American Literature. 50.3 (2015): 873-890.
- “Becoming Colored in Occom and Wheatley’s Early America.” PMLA 123.5 (2008). [Reprinted in print, digital, and e-format in Poetry Criticism (PC), published by Gale/Cengage.]
- “Within and Without Raced Nations: Intratextuality, Martin Delany, and Blake; or the Huts of America.” American Literature 80.2 (2008): 323-52.
- “Blackened Irish and Brownfaced Amerindians: Constructions of American Whiteness in Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon.” Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film 31.2 (Winter 2004): 28-50.
Awards, Honors & Grants
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 2016
- University of Tennessee Humanities Center Faculty Fellow, 2016-17
- Faculty Teaching Award, University of Tennessee English Department Graduate Students in English, 2015-16
- University of Tennessee Research and Creative Achievement—Professional Promise Award. UT Chancellor’s Office, 2014-15
- University of Tennessee Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, 2014-15
- Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship for Individual Research, Newberry Library, 2014-15
- Stephen Botein Short-term Visiting Academic Research fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2014-15.
- Chancellor’s Grant for Faculty Research, University of Tennessee Office of Research, Spring 2014
- Faculty Teaching Award, University of Tennessee English Department Graduate Students in English, 2012-2013.
- Professional Development Award, University of Tennessee Graduate School, 2011-12.
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, “We the People” designation. 2010.
- Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award for Assistant Professors, University of Tennessee English Department. 2009-10.
- Edward C. Carter Library Resident Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society. 2009-10.
- Scholarly and Research Incentive Funds Grant, University of Tennessee Office of Research. 2009.
- Chancellor’s Grant for Faculty Research, University of Tennessee Office of Research. Spring 2009.
- Mellon Foundation Grant, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University. Fall 2007.
- Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education. 2001-03; 2004-06.