September 11, 2019
Christie Launius presents at international conference
Christie Launius, associate professor and department head of the gender, women, and sexuality studies, presented her work at the Working-Class Studies Association conference, "Working-Class Studies Beyond the Heartlands," Sept. 3-6 at the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.
She presented from a work-in-progress on two contemporary working-class memoirs: J.D. Vance's "Hillbilly Elegy" (2016), and Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country in the World" (2018). Her interest is in how these memoirs circulate among middle-class readers as a window into the world of red-state, white working-class America.
Launius has published several journal articles on narratives of upward class mobility gained via education, and is co-editor of the forthcoming "Routledge International Handbook of Working-Class Studies."