Dr. Randi Tanglen, PhD

English Professor at Austin College

Director of the Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., English, University of Arizona


M.A., English, University of Montana


B.A., English Education, Rocky Mountain College

1998, summa cum laude

Director, Gender Studies Program, Austin College

2017 - present

Director, Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching, Austin College

2015 - present

Associate Professor of English, Austin College

2014 - present

Assistant Professor of English, Austin College

2008 - 2014

Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award, nominee

Austin College, 2018

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminars for College and University Teachers, “Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller"

Concord, Massachusetts, 2017

Visiting Scholar, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University

Fall 2014

Woman of Achievement Award, Texoma American Association of University Women


The Best 300 Professors, Princeton Review


“‘Hope and Keep Busy’: Little Women and Critical Pedagogy”

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 36 (2019)

"Keyword: Pedagogy"

Western American Literature (53) 2018

“Anti-Mormon Prejudice and the Politics of Whiteness in The Captivity of the Oatman Girls"

Southwestern American Literature (43) 2017

“The Indian Captivity Narrative: A Genre of the Southwest”

Critical Insights: Southwestern Literature, Ed. William Brannon, Salem Press, 2016

“Canons of Nineteenth-Century American Literature: How to Use Literature Circles to Teach Popular, Under-Represented, and Canonical Literary Traditions”

Teaching Tainted Lit: Popular American Literature and the Perils and Pleasures of the Classroom, Ed. Janet Casey, University of Iowa Press, 2015

“Religious Popular Culture and the Critique of Romantic Racialism in Harriet E. Wilson’s Our Nig"

Nineteenth-Century American Women Write Religion: Lived Theologies and Literature, Ed. Mary Wearn, Ashgate, 2014

“Critical Regionalism, the U.S.-Mexican War, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary History"

Western American Literature (48) 2013

“Autobiographical Literary Criticism as Public Intellectual and Pedagogical Outreach"

Western Literature Association, September 19, 2019

“‘Watch me! From now on I'm going to tell people what is what!’: Recovering Resistance to Sexual Assault and Violence in Gertrude Beasley’s My First Thirty Years"

Society for the Study of American Women Writers, November 8, 2018

"'Hope and Keep Busy': The Role of the Public Intellectual in Daunting Political Times"

Society for the Study of American Women Writers, November 8, 2018

"'We come here, we work, we die': The Logic of Misogyny in the Faux-Feminist West(ern)"

Western Literature Association, October 26, 2018

“Rise Up! Protest and Dissent in American Literature"

American Literature Association, May 26, 2018

“The Grayson County, Texas Courthouse Confederate Monument as Cultural Text and Context"

American Literature Association, May 24, 2018

"'Hell on Women and Cattle': Domestic Captivity and the Laugh of the Medusa in Nannie Alderson’s A Bride Goes West"

Western Literature Association, September 23, 2016

“Intersections of Research and Teaching: The Feminist Praxis of Annette Kolodny”

Women’s Caucus of the Modern Languages Association, January 8, 2016

“Female Life Among the Mormons: White Womanhood and Regeneration Through Violence Against Mormons”

Western Literature Association, October 16, 2015