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Rebecca Evans

Position: Assistant Professor Department: English

Contact Info

Office: Hall Patterson 312 Phone: 336-750-8276


I hold a PhD in English from Duke University and a BA from Columbia University. I have previously taught at Duke University and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. I research and teach on twentieth and twenty-first century American literature as it intersects with social and environmental justice. As a teacher, I work to help my students situate literary works in their historical and political contexts. In my classes, students learn to frame literature as something that acts on the world and come to see engaged literary study as a necessary part of political life. As a scholar, I explore how literature responds to problems of social injustice.

I am currently working on a book manuscript (based in my dissertation) in which I show how contemporary American writers used alternative representations of time and history in an effort to make structural violence legible to readers. This project defines structural violence as a crucial feature of the contemporary—one that forms the theoretical foundation of such varied projects as decolonization, civil rights, mainstream environmentalism and environmental justice, Occupy, and Black Lives Matter—while tracing literature's unique contributions to this topic.

Educational Background

  • PhD, 2016, Duke University
  • BA, 2010, Columbia University

Research and Project Interests

  • American literature and culture
  • Environmental and social justice
  • Speculative fiction