Tiffany Aldrich MacBain

Tiffany Aldrich MacBainAssociate Professor and Associate Chair, English

MA, California State University-Sacramento, 1998
BA, PhD, University of California-Davis, 1991, 2004

Tiffany Aldrich MacBain teaches nineteenth-century American literature and Native American literature. She has researched and written about the nineteenth-century American preoccupation with physical purity and contamination as manifested in the literature. In particular, she is drawn to texts that subvert social conceptions of race, ethnicity, and gender in favor of alternative iterations, and she gauges the effects of these efforts. Her most recent publication on the topic is the article “Cont(r)acting Whiteness: The Language of Contagion in the Autobiographical Essays of Zitkala-Sa” in Arizona Quarterly (Autumn 2012). Recently her interests have expanded to women’s literature of the American and Canadian “frontiers,” and she is currently writing an article on Susanna Moodie’s Roughing It in the Bush (1852), the collection of sketches narrating Moodie’s emigration from England to the Canadian backwoods in the 1830s.