Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Southern and Native American Literature
Gina Caison specializes in Southern Studies and Native American Studies. Her work is interdisciplinary and draws from the fields of performance and media studies. Currently, she is completing a book manuscript titled Red States: Literature, Indigenous America, and the U.S. South, which was awarded a Research Initiation Grant from GSU, and a co-edited collection with Lisa Hinrichsen and Stephanie Rountree titled Small-Screen Souths: Interrogating the Televisual Archive. Along with Brook Colley and Cutcha Risling Baldy, she is co-producer of the documentary film, Uneasy Remains, which examines the history of the collection and study of Indigenous human remains within the University of California system. In addition to these projects, Dr. Caison’s work has appeared in venues including The Global South, Mississippi Quarterly, The Velvet Light Trap, and PMLA. She has also been a short-term research fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and the Southern Historical Collection, and she has participated in NEH-sponsored programs at the Newberry Library, UNC-Chapel Hill’s American Indian Center, and Georgia College & State University’s Flannery O’Connor Collection.
Dr. Caison teaches classes in southeastern Native American literatures, documentary practices, and southern drama. In the spring of 2015, she taught a Cherokee literature class in residence at the New Echota Historic Site in Calhoun, Georgia. Students in this class participated in a service-learning project in which they assisted the Site’s staff with creating a digital archive of New Echota’s basket and historical newspaper collections. Students in her other classes have produced short documentaries as well as extended mixed-media projects that examine narratives of southern cultures.
In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Caison serves on the Executive Council for the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, and she is a member of the Executive Council for the MLA’s Discussion Group for Southern Literature. Dr. Caison is also a regular contributor and Editorial Board member for North Carolina Literary Review.
Most recently, Dr. Caison has been named a recipient of the Dean’s Early Career Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by junior faculty.