Emily M. Satterwhite


Emily M. Satterwhite

Associate Professor and Director of Appalachian Studies


344 Lane Hall, Virginia Tech
280 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Religion and Culture


  • Appalachian studies
  • Reception/audience studies
  • Horror studies
  • Politics of culture
  • Whiteness studies

Professional Activities

  • Affiliate, ASPECT Program, Virginia Tech
  • Coordinator, Minors in Pop Culture and American Studies, Virginia Tech
  • Program Chair, 2017 Conference, Appalachian Studies Association
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Place Matters series, UP of Kentucky


  • Ph.D., Emory University Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts
  • B.A., Transylvania University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence in Research for Dear Appalachia (2011), Phi Beta Kappa Mu Chapter, Virginia Tech, 2013.

    Weatherford Award for best non-fiction book of 2011, Appalachian Studies Association and Berea College Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

    Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2012.

    Selected Publications


    Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878 (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011).


    Leigh-Anne Krometis, Julia Gohlke, Korine Kolivras, Emily Satterwhite, Susan West Marmagas, and Linsey Marr, “Environmental Health Concerns and Disparities in the Central Appalachian Region of the United States,” Reviews on Environmental Health, in 2017.

    “The Politics of Hillbilly Horror.” In Coffey and Skipper, eds, Navigating Souths: Transdisciplinary Explorations of a US Region (University of Georgia Press, New Southern Studies Series, 2017).

    “‘The Longing for Home,’ Appalachian Fiction, and Ron Rash,” Appalachian Journal 42:1-2 (Fall 2014/Winter 2015): 24-35.

    “Reading Craddock, Reading Murfree: Local Color, Authenticity, and Geographies of Reception,” American Literature 78:1 (March 2006): 59-88.

    “Intro to Appalachian Studies: Navigating the Myths of Appalachian Exceptionalism.” In Gantt and Burriss, eds., Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region (Ohio University Press, Series in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Appalachia, 2013): 3-32.

    Stewart Scales, Emily Satterwhite, and Abigail August, “Mapping Appalachia’s Boundaries: Historiographic Overview and Digital Collection,” Journal of Appalachian Studies 24:1 (Spring 2018): 89-100.

    Lara N. Moody, Emily Satterwhite, and Warren K. Bickell, “Substance Use in Rural Central Appalachia: Current Status and Treatment Considerations,” Journal of Rural Mental Health 41:2 (April 2017): 123-135.

    Sponsored Research

    Seed grant for Appalachian Health pilot research (with Krometis, PI, and 5 co-PIs), $20,353, Global Change Center, Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment, and Fralin Life Science Institute, Virginia Tech, 2015.

    Wilma Dykeman “Faces of Appalachia” Post-doctoral Research Fellowship for the Study of Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, $4,000, National Endowment of the Humanities and the Appalachian Studies Association, 2009.

    Additional Information

    Current Research: A study of the appeal of backwoods horror films, 2000-2015. Interdisciplinary research regarding environmental health in central Appalachia, 1980 to present.