Cathy Rex earned her Ph.D. in early American literature from Auburn University. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in English education from Auburn University, and an MA in literature from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She specializes in teaching about race and gender in early America—1830 and before—with a special focus on texts by and about women writers, Native American writers, and early American material and visual culture (gubernatorial seals, portraiture, and non-traditional literary texts like court transcripts, confessions, and diaries). Her work has appeared in Studies in American Indian Literatures, Early American Literature, and American Quarterly. She intends to maintain her Southern accent and sensibilities forever.