Alabama's Public Liberal Arts University

Jon Smith, Ph.D.

Here at Montevallo, I teach upper-level classes in postcolonial literature, U.S. Southern literature, and literary modernism; sophomore world literature classes often structured around the idea of the "Black Atlantic"; and freshman composition, in which I stress logical argumentation. 

As a scholar, I work chiefly on the U.S. South from global, cultural-studies, and postcolonial perspectives.  I'm especially interested in finding connections where earlier scholars have emphasized disjunctions: for example, between the allegedly backward South and ultra-hip neighborhoods in places like L.A., New York, and Berlin; and, complementarily, between the South and the so-called Third World.  The larger aim is to use the South as a way of questioning "American exceptionalism" in American Studies and careless divisions between "global north" and "global south" in postcolonial theory.  Among other publication ventures, I coedit the book series The New Southern Studies for the University of Georgia Press and coedited the 2004 essay collection Look Away! The U.S. South in New World Studies for Duke University Press.  My own book manuscript, tentatively titled Alabama and the Future of American Cultural Studies, will be completed later in 2008.

As of September 1, 2008, I will be Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.  My mailing address there is 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, CANADA., and my office phone number is (778) 782-3124.  You may email me by clicking here.