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Cameron Lee Winter

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Graduate Teaching Assistant

Cameron Lee Winter (he/him/his) was raised in a textile-town-turned-suburb of the North Carolina piedmont. He graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Language in 2010. After a short break from academia, he returned to North Carolina State University where he received his Master of Arts in American and British Literature in 2016. His thesis focused upon Flannery O'Connor and examined the ways in which her humanist characters embody satirically the materialist optimism of space-age humanism of the 1960s. He has spoken at several conferences regarding his studies of Flannery O'Connor, popular culture, and 19th-century American and Southern literature. At the University of Georgia, he teaches First-Year Composition while working towards his Ph.D. He successfully defended his dissertation, "'The Monstrous Tinder-Dry Rotten Shell': The Ruination and Destruction of the Plantation Big House in the Literature of the U.S. South, 1865-1939," which examines the treatment of plantation houses through the lenses of romantic ruin literature, nationalism, and historical revisionism. Broadly, he has general interests in American literature, Southern literature, and African American literature often focusing on gender, race, and disability literary theory. He is the recipient of the Robert West Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Literary Studies, the Alice C. Langdale Award for Exceptional English Graduate Student, the SAMLA 2018 Graduate Student Essay Award, and the "Keepin' It Clean" Citizen of the Year Award from Athens-Clarke County. He has also served as a part of the UGA First-Year Composition Committee and was formerly president of the English Graduate Organization at UGA.


"'I ain't got no use for none of that': Contemporary Christian Kitsch and Iconography in Flannery O'Connor's 'Parker's Back.' South Atlantic Review, vol. 84, no. 2 & 3, 2019, pp. 1-14.

"'The American Invader': George Washington Cable’s The Grandissimes and US Expansionism in the Creole Caribbean." Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, 2020, pp. 95-116.


M.A. in American and British Literature from North Carolina State University, 2016

  • Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching, 2016

B.A. in Literature and Language from North Carolina State University, 2010

Of note:

Robert West Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Literary Studies, University of Georgia, 2021

“Keepin’ It Clean” Citizen of the Year Award, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, Georgia, 2021

Willson Center Funding to attend National Humanities Center’s Summer Residency Program, 2021

Alice C. Langdale Award for Exceptional English Graduate Student, University of Georgia, 2020

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Georgia, 2020

Recognized by ΑΟΠ, ΛΣ for significant, positive academic contributions to members, 2020

Invited to Heidelberg University’s Center for American Studies Spring Academy, 2020

South Atlantic MLA Graduate Student Essay Award, 2018

Recognized for significant & positive impact on graduates, UGA Career Center, 2018

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