Erin A. Smith
Grants and Fellowships
Fellow, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2002-03
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, summer 2002
Louisville Institute Summer Stipend, summer 2002
Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1991-96
Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship, 1991
Alumni Distinguished Scholarship (full merit scholarship), Michigan State University, 1987-91
National Merit Scholarship, 1987-91
Academic Honors and Awards
Nominee, Inclusive Excellence and Intercultural Teaching Award, University of Texas at Dallas, 2011
Best Paper Prize, Religion and American Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association, 2004
Anthony Award Finalist (best critical or scholarly work about mysteries), 2001
Teacher of the Year, School of General Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, 1998-99
Women’s Studies Graduate Scholar, Duke University, 1994-97
Rhodes Scholarship nominee for Illinois, 1991
Phi Beta Kappa, 1989
Phi Kappa Phi, 1989
What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in 20th-Century America, book in production at University of North Carolina Press.
Hard-Boiled: Working-Class Readers and Pulp Magazines. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 2000.
Articles and Essays
*"Pulp Sensations." Brott, Karlek, Frammande Varldar (Crime, Love, Alien Worlds). Ed. Dag Hedman and Jerry Maatta. Lund: Studentlitteratur, forthcoming 2014. Reprinted from Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction.
“Class Privilege, Oppression, and the World in the Classroom.” Class and the College Classroom: Essays on Teaching. Ed. Robert C. Rosen. Bloomsbury, 2013. 109-16. Reprinted from Radical Teacher 68 (2003): 23-26.
“Pulp Sensations.” Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction. Ed. David Glover and Scott McCracken. New York: Cambridge UP, 2012. 141-58.
"Religion and Popular Print Culture." U.S. Popular Print Culture, 1860-1920. Vol.6. Oxford History of Popular Print Culture. Ed. Christine Bold. New York: Oxford UP, 2012. 277-92.
“The Religious Book Club: Print Culture, Consumerism and the Spiritual Life of American Protestants Between the Wars.” Religion and the Culture of Print in America. Ed. Charles L. Cohen and Paul S. Boyer. Madison, WI: U of Wisconsin P, 2008. 217-42.
"'What Would Jesus Do?': The Social Gospel and the Literary Marketplace," Book History 10 (2007): 193-221.
“’Jesus, My Pal’: Reading and Religion in Middlebrow America,” Canadian Review of American Studies 37.2 (2007): 147-81.
”Melodrama, Popular Religion, and Literary Value: The Case of Harold Bell Wright,” American Literary History 17.2 (summer 2005): 217-43.
“’Both a woman and a complete professional’: Women Readers and Women’s Hard-boiled Detective Fiction.” Reading Sites: Social Difference and Reader Response. Ed. Patrocinio P. Schweickart and Elizabeth A. Flynn. New York: Modern Language Association P, 2004. 189-220.
“Some Thoughts on Privilege, Oppression, and the World in the Classroom.” Radical Teacher 68 (2003): 23-26.
"'The ragtag and bobtail of the fiction parade': Pulp Magazine Fiction and the
Literary Marketplace." Scorned Literature: Essays on the History and Criticism of
Popular Mass-Produced Fiction in America. Ed. Lydia Schurman and Deidre Johnson.
Greenwood P, 2001. 123-45.
Book and Exhibition Reviews
Rev. of Emily Dickinson and the Religious Imagination by Linda Freedman, Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Maurice Lee, and Secularism in Antebellum America: With Reference to Ghosts, Protestant Subcultures, Machines, and their Metaphors; Featuring Discussion of Mass Media, Moby-Dick, Spirituality, Phrenology, Anthropology, Sing Sing State Penitentiary, and Sex with the New Motive Power by John Lardas Modern. American Literature 85.4 (Dec. 2013): 821-24.
Rev. of Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers From Charlotte Temple to The Da Vinci Code, ed. by Sarah Churchwell and Thomas Ruys Smith. American Book Review 34.5 (July/Aug. 2013): 15+.
Rev. of Spirituality, Inc.: Religion in the American Workplace by Lake Lambert III. Journal of American History 98 (2011): 925-26.
Rev. of SHARP-Brisbane Conference. SHARPNews 20.3 (summer 2011): 1. Partially reprinted in Broadsheet: Newsletter of the Bibliography Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Rev. of Everything Was Better in America: Print Culture in the Great Depression by David Welky. Journal of American History 95.4 (Mar. 2009): 1213-14.
Rev. of Cruising Modernism: Class and Sexuality in American Literature and Social Thought by Michael Trask. Journal of the History of Sexuality 15.1 (Jan. 2006): 151-56.
Rev. of In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes, Skyscraper by Faith Baldwin, and The Girls in 3-B by Valerie Taylor. Femspec 7.1 (fall 2006).
Rev. of Having a Good Cry: Effeminate Feelings and Pop-Culture Forms by Robyn R. Warhol. Femspec 6.2 (spring 2006).
Rev. of Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America by David Paul Nord. American Periodicals 16.1 (2006): 115-17.
Rev. of The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir by Megan E. Abbott. Studies in the Novel 37.2 (summer 2005): 235-37.
Rev. of Girls and Literacy in America: Historical Perspectives to the Present ed. by Jane Greer. SHARP News 13.4 (Autumn 2004), 7.
Rev. of Religion and the American Nation: Historiography and History by John F. Wilson. H-AmRel@h-net.msu.edu (July 2004).
Rev. of Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs by Lynn Spigel. American Quarterly 54.2 (June 2002): 359-67.
Rev. of The Politics of Women's Studies: Testimony from 30 Founding Mothers, ed. by Florence Howe. Femspec 3.2 (spring 2002): 114-17.
Rev. of Creating the Modern Man: American Magazines and Consumer Culture, 1900-1950
by Tom Pendergast. Journal of American History (December 2001):
Articles in Reference Volumes
"Popular Literature." Oxford Encyclopedia of American Intellectual and Cultural History. Ed. Joan Shelley Rubin and Scott Casper. New York: Oxford UP, 2013. 664-70.
”Pulp Fiction.” Dictionary of American History Dynamic Reference. Ed. Gary Cross, Robert Maddox, and William Pencak. New York: Scribner’s, 2008.
”Christian Fiction.” Genreflecting: A Guide to Reading Interests. 6th ed. By Diana Tixier Herald. Ed. Wayne A. Wiegand. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. 465-73.
”Crime.” Genreflecting: A Guide to Reading Interests. 6th ed. By Diana Tixier Herald. Ed. Wayne A. Wiegand. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. 137-45.
“Genre Reading.” Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America. Ed. Gary S. Cross. New York: Scribner’s, 2004. Vol. I, 391-95.
"Book Clubs." Encyclopedia of American Studies. Ed. George Kurian. New
York: Grolier, 2001. 249-52.
Mapping the Middlebrow in Mystery: The Case of Vera Caspary." Inventing the Middlebrow Conference. Minneapolis, MN, 27 June 2014.
"Reading the Social Gospel: Literacy for the Common Good." C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biennial Meeting. Chapel Hill, NC, 13 Mar. 2014
Chair and panel organizer. "The Book and the Bottom Line." American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, 24 Nov. 2013.
"Reading on the Spiritual Left: Amazon.com, Liberal Religion, and Spiritual Seeking in the 1990s." Reception Studies Society Fifth Biannual Conference. Milwaukee, WI, 27 Sept. 2013.
"Vera Caspary: Geographies of the Popular Literary Marketplace in Twentieth-Century America." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA, 20 July 2013.
Chair, commentator, and panel organizer. "Print Cultures of the Americas." American Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Juan, Puerto Rico, 16 Nov. 2012.
"Progressive Politics and Trash Fiction: Gender and Social Class in Vera Caspary's Bedelia." Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference. Denver, CO, 11 Oct. 2012.
"Pulp Protest: Vera Caspary, Progressive Politics, and Trash Fiction." Protest on the Page. University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI, 29 Sept. 2012.
Panel organizer and commentator. "Religious Reading, Imagined Communities, and Social Transformation." American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD, 21 Oct. 2011.
"Late Great Planet Earth: A Tale of Two Books." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, 17 July 2011.
"Late Great Planet Earth: Biography of an International Bestseller." SHARP-Brisbane: The Long Twentieth Century. University of Queensland. Brisbane, Australia, 29 Apr. 2011.
Chair and commentator. "Rereading Queer Pulp: Commodities, Sexualities, and Social Change." American Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, 19 Nov. 2010.
"Waging a Cold War of Words: Religious Self-Help Literature and the 'American Way.'" Cold War Cultures Conference. University of Texas. Austin, TX, 1 Oct. 2010.
“Religious Reading and Oppositional Identities: The Case of Late Great Planet Earth.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Washington D.C., 6 Nov. 2009.
“Late Great Planet Earth: Popular Reading and Religious Identity in Twentieth-Century America.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON, 24 June 2009.
"American Popular Books and Religious Identity Narratives: The Case of Late Great Planet Earth." American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, 3 Nov. 2008.
"Translating/Exporting 'The American Way': Religious Self-Help Literature and Cold-War Containment." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Meeting. Oxford, UK, 27 June 2008.
"'The Cult of Reassurance': Religious Self-Help Literature in the Cold-War United States." Modern Language Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, 27 Dec. 2007.
"Books for the Seeker: Liberal Religion and the Literary Marketplace in the 1990s." American Studies Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA, 14 Oct. 2007.
"'The Fourth Great Awakening' and the Literary Marketplace: Religious Readers and Periodicals in Cold-War America." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, 14 July 2007.
"Liberal Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and the World: Reading 'America's Preacher' at Home and Abroad." American Studies Annual Meeting. Oakland, CA, 11 Oct. 2006.
”Reading The Da Vinci Code: Heresy, Conspiracy and the Sacred Feminine.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, 3 Nov. 2005.
”’What Would Jesus Do?’ Reading and Religion in Turn-of-the-Century America.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Annual Meeting. Halifax, NS, 16 July 2005.
“Readers and Heretics: The New Gnosticism and Spiritual Community.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, 11 Nov. 2004.
“The Religious Book Club: Print Culture, Consumerism and the Spiritual Life of American Protestants Between the Wars.” Religion and the Culture of Print in America. Madison, WI, 10 Sept. 2004.
"Religious Renaissance and the Literary Marketplace: the 1920s." American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Hartford, CT, 17 Oct. 2003.
"Jesus and the Middlebrow: Reader Letters to Bruce Barton." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Meeting. Claremont, CA, 11 July 2003.
Chair and commentator. “’Certain Dangerous Tendencies’: Nineteenth-Century American Working-Class Culture.” Modern Language Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY, 28 Dec. 2002
"Muscular Christianity, Commerce, and Literary Value: The Case of Harold Bell Wright." American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON, 23 Nov. 2002.
Chair and panel organizer. "Education Without Borders: Building Academy/Community Partnerships." American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Houston, TX, 15 Nov. 2002.
"'The Decade of the Soul': Spirituality, Self-Help, and the
Literary Marketplace in the 1990s." American Studies Association Annual
Meeting. Washington, D.C., 9 Nov. 2001.
"Cold-War Popular Religion." Guest Lecture, HUMA 6300 Interdiciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities. University of Texas at Dallas. Richardson, TX, 19 Mar. 2013.
Banned Book Read Out. Eugene McDermott Library, University of Texas at Dallas. Richardson, TX, 2 Oct. 2012.
"The History of Youth and Beauty." Gallery Talk. Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX, 23 May 2012.
Docent training for "Youth and Beauty: American Art of the 1920s." Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX, 23 Apr. 2012.
Respondent / Panelist, Miss Representation film screening, Women's Center, University of Texas at Dallas. Richardson, TX, 19 Apr. 2012.
"Balancing Work and Family." Collegium V Honors Program Workshop, University of Texas at Dallas. Richardson, TX, 20 Jan. 2011.
”Reading, Heresy, and the Culture Wars: The New Gnosticism and Spiritual Community.” Center for the History of Print Culture, University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI, 10 Apr. 2009.
"What Would Jesus Read?" Culture and Society Workshop, Northwestern University. Evanston, IL, 2 Apr. 2009.
“Reading The Maltese Falcon in 1930.” The Big Read, Irving Public Library. Irving, TX, 3 Oct. 2008.
"What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Books and Religious Readers in Contemporary America." Literature, Book History, and the Anxiety of Disciplinarity: A Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation. Ben-Gurion University, Beersheva, Israel, 3 July 2008.
"Reading, Heresy, and the Culture Wars: The New Gnosticism and Spiritual Community." English and Religion Depts., Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ, 8 Mar. 2006.
"Mass-market Print Culture." The Book in America: Economic Aspects of the Material Text lecture series. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, 3 Mar. 2006.
“Reading and Religion: Twentieth-Century American Religious Bestsellers.” Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement Lecture Series. Durham, NC, 28 Jan. 2003.
Discussant. "The Yellow Wallpaper." Student performance by Brandi Andrade. University of Texas at Dallas. Richardson, TX 26-27 Apr. 2002.
"Gender and Education." American Association of University Women, Dallas chapter. Dallas, TX, 18 Feb. 2002.
"Gender in the Mean Streets." Bouchercon 2001 presentation. Washington D.C., 1 Nov. 2001.
Book signing for Hard-Boiled. Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Center. Garland, TX, 5 Aug. 2000.
American Literature and Culture
Educational Equity Programming / Experience
Discussion Facilitator. "Respect," GLSEN Greenhill School Teacher Training. Dallas, TX, 22 Aug. 2003.
Discussion Group Leader. "What Difference Does Difference Make?" Duke University 1997 Symposium on Diversity. Durham, NC, 28 Feb. - 1 Mar. 1997.
Discussion Facilitator. "Changing the Scene: Teaching and Learning in Multicultural Classrooms," Duke University. Durham, NC, 28-29 Mar. 1996.
Graduate Assistant. "Lessons from the Majority: Women's Studies for Higher Education," Appalachian State University. Boone, NC, 6-7 Oct. 1994.
Working Group. "Gender, Body, Self," Duke University. Durham, NC, summer 1993.
To the Profession
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing liaison to the American Studies Association, 2008 -
Outside member of diss. committee, Fordham University, 2014
Reviewer, NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI), 2013
Tenure Reviewer, University of Nevada at Reno, 2012
Library of Congress Kluge Fellowships Review Panelist, 2011
Fellowship Application Reviewer, National Humanities Center, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011
Fellowship Application Reviewer, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2009
NEH Review Panelist, “America’s Media Makers,” 2008
NEH Summer Stipend Review Panelist, 2002, 2003, 2006
NEH Review Panelist, “Humanities Projects in the Media,” 2002
Representative, American Studies Association Women’s Committee, 1999-2002 (Chair 2001-02)
Organizer/Facilitator for the Dallas Area Social History Circle (DASH), 2001-02
Advisory Editor, St. James Encyclopedia of 20th-Century Popular Culture (2000)
Chair, American Studies Association Wise-Susman Prize Committee, 1999
Peer Reviewer for American Quarterly, American Studies, Book History, Gender & Society, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Library Quarterly, Modern Language Quarterly, Reception, Blackwell, Oxford UP, SUNY P, Temple UP, U of Chicago P, U of Illinois P, U of Iowa P, U of Kansas P, U of Massachusetts P, U of Wisconsin P, Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES)
To the University
University of Texas-Partnership in Advancing Clinical Transition (UT-PACT) Interviewer, 2012-14
UTD McDermott Scholars / Honors Faculty Fellow, 2000-
UTD Committee on Diversity and Equity, 2006-10 (Vice-Chair 2007-08)
UTD Galerstein Women’s Center Advisory Board, 2005-10
Tenure Review Committee, Sheryl Skaggs, School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, UTD, 2008
Pre-Tenure Review Committee, Danielle Lavin-Loucks, School of Social Sciences, UTD, 2005
Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Interviewer, 2004, 2005
Pre-Tenure Review Committee, Melinda Kane, School of Social Sciences, UTD, 2004
Tenure Committee, Adrienne McLean, School of Arts & Humanities, UTD, 2003
Hiring Committee, UTD Women’s Volleyball Coach, 2003
UTD Core Committee for the Support of Women and Minorities, 2000-02
UTD Academic Senate, 2000-01
UTD Committee on Educational Policy, 1998-2000
Planning Committee, 2nd and 3rd Annual North Texas United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, UTD, 1998 and 1999
Women’s Studies Graduate Curriculum Review Committee, Duke University, 1992-93
Literature Program Representative, Graduate & Professional Student Council, Duke University, 1991-92
College of Arts and Letters Educational Policies
Committee, Michigan State University, 1990-91