Molly McGehee

Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Director of the Center for Academic Excellence, and Associate Professor of English and American Studies

Margaret T. (“Molly”) McGehee is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Oxford College of Emory University and currently serves as President of the Southern American Studies Association. She regularly offers Introduction to American Studies (AMST 201) and Critical Reading and Writing (English 185) but also teaches interdisciplinary courses on topics within African American Studies, Southern Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. McGehee’s current book project focuses on the Atlanta imaginary in modern and contemporary fiction, and her scholarly work has appeared in Cinema Journal, Studies in American Culture, Southern Spaces, North Carolina Literary Review, and Gale’s American Writers series. At Oxford she has hosted the annual Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, which brings six films and their directors/producers to campus throughout each academic year. In May 2015, she accompanied Dr. Jill Adams and several students to Japan as part of the Global Connections program; in May 2016, she and Dr. Susan Ashmore (History) co-led a Global Connections trip throughout the U.S. South focused on civil rights and social justice. In spring of 2015, the Black Student Alliance at Oxford presented Dr. McGehee with the Reta Cobb Award. In 2016-17, she received the Fleming Faculty Service Award and the Phi Eta Sigma teaching award, and she and Dr. Jill Adams received the Gregory-Rackley Career Development grant to work on a collaborative research and teaching project in Japan. During the 2017-18 academic year, Dr. McGehee will be on sabbatical to work on her book project for which she was awarded a grant from Emory's University Research Committee (URC).

Prior to her arrival at Oxford in the fall of 2014, Dr. McGehee spent six years at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, where she was a tenured Associate Professor of English. There, she received the 2012-13 Professor of the Year Award; an Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities association; and was named a finalist for the 2013 South Carolina Governor’s Professor of the Year Award.

Dr. McGehee lives in Oxford with her husband (farmer/educator Daniel Parson) and son (Benjamin). 




BA| Davidson College| 1997

MA| University of Mississippi| 2000

Ph.D.| Emory University| 2007

Courses Taught

English 185: Critical Reading and Writing

Southern Literature

African American Literature

Introduction to American Studies

Visual Culture


Fleming Faculty Service Award

Phi Eta Sigma Teaching Award

Emory University Research Committee (URC) Grant

Gregory-Rackley Career Development Grant

Reta Cobb Service Award


“Seeking Peace, Seeking Justice: Place-Based Pedagogies and Global Connections.” In Interdisciplinary Approaches to Pedagogy and Place-Based Education: From the Abstract to the Quotidian. Eds. Deric Shannon and Jeff Galle. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2017. (Co-authored with Jill Petersen Adams.)

“Disturbing the Peace: Lost Boundaries, Pinky, and Censorship in Atlanta, Georgia, 1945-1952.” In Atlanta Goes to the Movies. Eds. Matthew Bernstein and Dana White. Athens: U of Georgia P, forthcoming 2017. [This is a reprint of article published in Cinema Journal 46.1 (2006).]

“Moving Away from the Lenticular?: The Politics of Race, Gender, and Place in Godfrey Cheshire’s Moving Midway,” North Carolina Literary Review 24 (2015): 52-65. Available at

“Dynamiting the Levees: The South in Transition in Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun,” Studies in American Culture 35.1 (2012): 95-110. Winner of Jerome K. Stern Award for Best Article in Studies in American Culture, 2012.

 “An ‘Urban Oasis’: Pearl Cleage’s West End Imaginary.” In Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood: Essays on Her Prose Works. Ed. Tikenya Foster-Singletary and Aisha Francis. Jefferson: McFarland, 2012. 15-36.

“Anne Rivers Siddons.” American Writers Supplement XXII. Ed. Jay Parini. Gale, 2011. 239-54.

“A Plague of Bulldozers: Celestine Sibley and Suburban Sprawl,” Southern Spaces (March 2009). Available at

“Disturbing the Peace: Lost Boundaries, Pinky, and Censorship in Atlanta, Georgia, 1945-1952.” Cinema Journal 46.1 (2006): 23-51.


“Celestine Sibley’s Atlanta Imaginary,” Revival: Lost Southern Voices, sponsored by Georgia State University/Georgia Perimeter, April 1, 2017 (invited speaker).

“Transfusing Exurban Atlanta: Vampires, Television Tourism, and the Not-Quite-Deadness of Rural Georgia,” Southern American Studies Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 2017.

“Sleuthing and the City: Atlanta, Contemporary Detective Fiction, and the Re-Inscription of Southern Identity,” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2016. 

“Bitter Gardens, Glossy Guns, and the Ziney South,” Currencies/ Exchanges/ Convergences: Contemporary Southern Media Roundtable, The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2016.

“Out of Denmark and the U.S. South: Karen Blixen and Carson McCullers,” Oxford College Community Classroom, Oxford, Georgia, December 2015.

“Becoming Known: Liminality and the Search for American Identity in Cristina Henríquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans,” Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Conference (MELUS), Athens, Georgia, April 2015.

“Out of Denmark: The Literary Alliance of Carson McCullers and Karen Blixen,” Southern American Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2015.

The Magic Island Revisited: William Seabrook and the U.S. South-Caribbean Connection,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2014.

Research Interests

The Atlanta imaginary in fiction; LGBTQ life and literature in/of the South; race, class, and gender relations within southern literature and history