Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies
Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies

James H. Cox

James Cox’s primary research interests are twentieth and twenty-first century Native American literature, especially novels; the twentieth and twenty-first century American novel; Native American literary theory; twentieth and twenty-first century ethnic American literatures, including Chicana/o literature and literature of immigration; and the history of Native Americans in American literature and popular culture. He has published articles on Sherman Alexie, Thomas King, Gertrude Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa), and Todd Downing and an article on Susana Rowson, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, and Lydia Maria Child.

His book Muting White Noise: Native American and European American Novel Traditions was published in 2006 by the University of Oklahoma Press. It was released in paperback in 2009. The Red Land to the South: American Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico was published in 2012 by the University of Minnesota Press.

He is the former co-editor of SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literatures), on the editorial board of MELUS, and the co-editor of the The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature, a project currently in its early stages.

Cox has won grants from the Sequoyah National Research Center and the Historical Society of New Mexico. He has also won four teaching awards, including both the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award and The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.

He is a co-founder of the Native American and Indigenous Studies undergraduate certificate, Native American and Indigenous Studies graduate portfolio, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) program. He currently serves as the Associate Director of NAIS.

Domino Renee Perez

Domino Renee Perez is Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Center for Mexican American Studies, specializing in Chican@ Literature, American Literature, Popular Culture, Cultural Studies, and Film. Her book There Was A Woman: La Llorona From Folklore to Popular Culture examines La Llorona, the weeping woman, one of the most famous figures in US/Mexican folklore. Her current book project concerns Mexican American masculinity in literature and film.

Perez is the Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies.


  • Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship (2006)
  • US-Mexico Relations/Borderlands Research Award (2006)
  • Dean’s Fellowship (2005)

Jennifer M. Wilks

Jennifer M. Wilks is Associate Professor in the Departments of English and African and African Diaspora Studies, and she is also an affiliate of the Program in Comparative Literature.  She is the author of Race, Gender, and Comparative Black Modernism (Louisiana State UP, 2008), and her essays have appeared in African-American Review, Callaloo, and Modern Fiction Studies.  Her translation (French to English) of the 19th-century French and Swiss diaries of African American activist Mary Church Terrell is in press, and she is currently at work on two book projects: a history of transpositions of the Carmen story set in African diasporic contexts and a study of representations of race and apocalypse in contemporary literature and culture.

Awards and Honors:

  • Featured in “The Texas 10: Great Professors.” Alcalde (2011)
  • Thomas Cable Upper-Division Teaching Award (2010)
  • Raymond Dickson Substantial Writing Component Teaching Award (2006)

  • Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies

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