Published Book Review: Michael McCollum. "Our South Geographic Fantasy and the Rise of National Literature by Jennifer Rae Greeson (review)." Southern Cultures 20.2 (2014): 107-108. Download BOOK REVIEW

"Employing a comparative, transnational approach, Greeson looks to answer the question, 'What is the South good for?' In doing so, she suggests that a marginalized South, or an 'internal other' to the national narrative, is central to the nation’s understanding of itself. Our South is a major contribution to transnational southern studies to show how early Americans understood national and global empire through the perceived exoticism and deviance of an internal other." Download: McCollum Book Review


COMMITTEE CHAIR, VISUAL CULTURE CONFERENCE “POLITICS OF THE EYE: IMAGERY OF THE AMERICAN POLITICAL LANDSCAPE.” OCT. 5-6, 2012 DOWNLOAD CALL FOR PAPER

In my capacity as a PhD student in American Studies at Saint Louis University, I served as the committee chair of the Visual Culture Conference at Saint Louis University entitled “Politics of the Eye: Imagery of the American Political Landscape.” As part of my duties, I created and managed a conference website, designed a conference logo and program, wrote the “call for papers,” reached out to humanities departments across the country via social media, and collaborated with the conference’s keynote speaker, Dr. Matthew Frye Jacobson. DownloadVisual Culture Conference CFP


20TH CENTURY SOUTHERN CULTURE - ASTD 393 - FALL 2011 - SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY, ST. LOUIS, MO DOWNLOAD SYLLABUS

I created the syllabus and taught ASTD-393 - 20th Century Southern Culture while a PhD student in American Studies at Saint Louis University. In this course, we examined the historical and social changes of the American South throughout the twentieth century. Material and visual culture, literature, journalism, music, food, religion, and recreation served as our course materials. This multi-disciplinary exploration of the region’s folkways dispensed with the notion of a monolithic southern culture. Among our objectives were to consider the cultural constructions of southern identity, paying particular attention to the reasons and means for the development of “The South.”  Download Syllabus20th Century Southern Culture