Christopher Lirette

Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies

Dr. Christopher Lirette teaches American Studies with an emphasis on the role of work in individual and collective American identity. A graduate of Emory University's Graduate Institute for the Liberal Arts, Dr. Lirette uses a particularly interdisciplinary mode of research and pedagogy, combining cultural studies, critical theory, ethnography, and experimental, lyric writing. His dissertation, "Advanced Unmooring: Louisiana Shrimpers in a Civilization without Boats," interrogates why shrimpers on the Louisiana gulf coast, whose industry is in decline due to cheap imports and ecological calamity, still shrimp. A native of Chauvin, Louisiana, he also cofounded a nonprofit, T-Possibility, that facilitates cultural expression, community events, and environmental and poverty relief in his hometown. In addition to his scholarship, he is also a poet, and you can find his work in Southern ReviewHayden’s Ferry, and Drunken Boat, among other places. Dr. Lirette lives in Tucker with his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Phoenix.


BA| Loyola University New Orleans| 2007

MFA| Cornell University| 2011

PhD| Emory University| 2017

Courses Taught

Introduction to American Studies

Critical Reading and Writing

Research Interests

Labor and deindustrialization as they relate to cultural expression, identity, ethnicity, creolization, locality, temporality, imagination, belonging, and public policy; southern Louisiana and its historical imaginaries; creative writing; American culture, politics, and history; experimental and visual scholarship, especially ethnographic writing, documentary filmmaking, and humanities computing; interdisciplinarity