Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton

Associate Professor of English

Areas of expertise

American Literature Since 1900

War & American Literature

Modern American Poetry

Writing Center Theory and Practice

Food Studies

Writing about Natural World

I am a teacher, writer, reader, feeder, eater, and traveler, and I am happiest when most or all of these things come together.


PhD, The University of Texas at Austin 1992
M.A., The University of Chicago 1981
B.A., Kenyon College 1979


Associate Professor
Southwestern University
August 01, 1999 - present
I teach literature and writing courses to undergraduates and direct the Debby Ellis Writing Center. I teach courses war and American literature, modern American poetry, the modern American novel and the sense of place, and critical food studies. I also te


American nature writing, war narrative, writing center theory.


Recent Scholarly Publications

"War and Witnessing," in Critical Insights: War, Alex Vernon, Ed.. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012. (In press).

"Doing Gender and Going Native in 'Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong',"in Approaches to Teaching the Work of Tim O?Brien, Alex Vernon, ed., Modern Language Association Press, December, 2010.

"'I?m not Trying to Compete with You': Gulf War Fiction and Discursive Space" in Thirty Years After:  New Essays on Vietnam War Literature, Film, and Other Arts, Mark Heberle, ed., Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

 "Writing Against the Vietnam War in Two Gulf War Memoirs: Anthony Swofford?s Jarhead and Joel Turnipseed?s Baghdad Express," in Arms and the Self: War, the Military, and Autobiographical Writing, Alex Vernon, ed., Kent State University Press, January 2005.

Selected Public and Creative Publications

Invited contributor to DogCanyon.org: Politics, Opnion and Culture for Texas and Beyond. See http://www.dogcanyon.org/author/elisabethp/ for selected pieces.

"Gulf War Memoir Syndrome,"(Review Essay) The Texas Observer, September 12, 2003.

"How I Earned my Texas Spurs," (personal essay) Texas Power, Nov. 1, 2001

"Of Caissons and Casseroles" (short story), Texas Observer, April 27, 2001

Groups & Affiliations

National Council of Teachers of English, Associated Writing Programs, Modern Language Association, International Writing Centers Association, South Central Writing Centers Association, Association for the Study of Food and Society.


Reading, writing, traveling, cooking, eating, backpacking, running, swimming, talking too much.