Jean GriffithJean Griffith is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Wichita State University, where she teaches courses in twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture. Her scholarly articles on race, gender, and whiteness are included in two volumes on Mississippi writer Eudora Welty (New Essays on Eudora Welty, Class, and Race and Eudora Welty, Whiteness and Race) as well as in journals such as Studies in the Novel and Western American Literature. Her book, The Color of Democracy in Women’s Regional Writing, was published by The University of Alabama Press in 2009. Jean is currently at work on a book-length cultural history of orphans, orphanages, and family separation titled "Imagining Orphans: Children, Poverty, and Difference in American Culture." A passionate advocate for the humanities, Jean loves helping students find their own voices and express themselves intelligently in writing. 

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