Chaney E. Hill

Dissertation: What is Forgotten Can Change: Reckoning with Sites of Public Memory in Texas

Advisor: Lacy Johnson

Chaney is a Ph.D. student studying Public Memory and Critical Regionalism. She studies American Literature of the South and the West with a particular focus on the Texas literary canon. Her dissertation is about public memory in Texas.


Academic Publications

“The Roots and Routes of Black Emancipation in Sutton Griggs’s Imperium in Imperio.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, forthcoming Summer 2023.

“Necro-Settler Coloniality in Texan Mythology and Identity: Forgetting the Alamo.” Western American Literature, forthcoming 2022.

“Review of Viva Texas Rivers, Misadventures, and Glimpses of Nirvana along Our Storied Waterways.” Western American Literature, forthcoming.


Public Facing Publications

“William Marsh Rice’s Trade Circuit.” The Racial Geography Project Podcast, 2021,

Research Areas

Public Memory Studies; American Literature of the West; American Literature of the South; Critical Regionalism; Long Twentieth Century; Texas Literature


M.A., English Literature, Boise State University

B.A., English Literature, Texas Lutheran University

B.S., English Education, 7-12, Texas Lutheran University

Honors & Awards

Diluvial Houston Initiative Pre-Doctoral Fellowship At Rice University Fondren Library Fellow at Rice University


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