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Corinne Wohlford, Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor
American Studies

Courses Taught

ASTD 1000: Intro to American Culture: Movements, Myths, and Methods; ASTD 2700: Gender, Race, and Social Justice; ASTD 3000: American Centuries: Emotions, Capitalism, and the Self; ASTD 4xxx: Feeling Neoliberal: Affect and Structures of Feeling in American Thought, 1990s to Now


Ph.D., American Studies, St. Louis University
M.A., American Studies, St. Louis University
M.F.A., writing, Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., art history and English, Wittenberg University

Research Interests

I am especially interested in the ways culture produces and naturalizes ideologies around race and identity through feeling and sentiment both domestically and abroad, through studies of international adoption, missionary schools, music, and disaster relief abroad, among others. I am quite involved with my St. Louis organizations that promote and educate on topics related to public history, and I am convinced that there is no better place than St. Louis to study American culture. I have written and administered a number of grants, including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities, to explore collective memory alongside scholars in the social sciences and libraries. As an experienced administrator, I have also worked extensively with interdisciplinary programs such as first-year seminars and honors programs and academic support staff teams.  I also continue to write and publish as a poet.

Publications and Media Placements


Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “A City Bird, a Global Story.” Gateway: The Magazine of the Missouri Historical Society, Spring, 2023. 

Wohlford, Corinne. “Perishability and Desolation: Disaster and the Racialization of Suffering in the Neoliberal Therapeutic Memoir.” Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 2018.

Wohlford, Corinne. “‘What Everybody Knows’: Teaching Ferguson in Saint Louis.” In Cassander Smith et al, editors: Teaching with Tension: Race, Reality, and Resistance in the Classroom. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press (Critical Insurgencies series), 2018. 

Wohlford, Corinne, with Stephanie E. Afful and Suzanne M. Stoelting. “Beyond ‘Difference’: Examining the Process and Flexibility of Racial Identity in Interracial Marriages.” Journal of Social Issues, 2015.


Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “Bequeathed,” Naugatuck River Review, 2023.  

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “Eclipse,” in Abandoned Mine print anthology, 43 Poems for People Who Don’t Read Poetry, 2023.  

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “White Wife,” Atlanta Review, Spring 2023.  

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “The Night Before,” Colossus: Body¸ 2023. 

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “Housatonic,” Bennington Review, Spring, 2023.  

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “Oncology,” New Ohio Review, Spring, 2023. 

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “Eclipse,” Abandoned Mine, August, 2022. 

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “On Taiko,” Hawaii Pacific Review, May, 2022.  

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “Things That Pierce,” Phoebe, May, 2022.

Honors and Awards

  • Matthew J Mancini Award for Outstanding Dissertation in American Studies Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2022
  • Resident, Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow
  • Resident, Rockvale Writers' Colony
  • 2022 Finalist, Naugatuck Review Narrative Poetry Prize
  • 2022 International Merit Award winner, International Poetry Competition, Atlanta Review
  • 2022 Semi-Finalist, Pink Poetry Prize, Great River Review  
  • 2022 Finalist, Phoebe Journal Poetry Contest