Department of English
181 Turner Street, NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Rebecca Weaver-Hightower is a professor and chair of the Department of English.
Weaver-Hightower, whose research interests include postcolonial studies and settler narratives, held a similar leadership position at North Dakota State University prior to joining Virginia Tech in July 2020. She earned her PhD in English literature at the University of Kentucky.
She recently coauthored Cinematic Settlers: The Settler Colonial World in Film, and she authored both Frontier Fictions: Settler Sagas and Postcolonial Guilt and Empire Islands: Castaways, Cannibals and Fantasies. She is also a coeditor of Archiving Settler Colonialism: Culture, Space and Race; Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance; and Robert Greacen: Selected & New Poems.
- Postcolonial Studies
- Settler Narratives
- PhD in English Literature, University of Kentucky
- MA in English, Winthrop University
- BA in English, Clemson University
Senior Associate Editor, Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, 2013 to present.
- Cinematic Settlers: The Settler Colonial World in Film. Janne Lahti and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, authors. Routledge, 2020.
- Frontier Fictions: Settler Sagas and Postcolonial Guilt. Palgrave McMillan, 2018.
- Archiving Settler Colonialism: Culture, Space and Race. Yu-Ting Huang and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, editors. Routledge, 2018.
- Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower and Peter Hulme, editors. Routledge, 2014.
- Empire Islands: Castaways, Cannibals, and Fantasies of Conquest. University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
- Robert Greacen: Selected & New Poems. Jack Weaver and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, editors. Salman Press, 2006.
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