Expertise and Scholarship Statement

Rachel Bates is a poet and doctoral student at Old Dominion University. She studies Appalachian literature against cultural, regional, and ecocritical frameworks – and also writes about Appalachia in her own creative work. She is especially interested in New Materialist and Affective approaches to Appalachian literature and Appalachian Studies generally. Her research focuses on ecological futures and topographic temporalities. She foregrounds endurance and sustainability narratives in contemporary Appalachian literature that deconstruct traditional hierarchies and reflect current activism and conservation efforts in Appalachia. In this way, she endeavors to imagine better futures for Appalachia in the Anthropocene. 

Curriculum Vitae

Rachel Bates C.V. Mar. 2023 website.docx

Conference Presentations