Tiffany Aldrich MacBain researches and teaches in the areas of 19th-century American literature and Native American literature. She takes a special interest in the memoirs and personal writing of women who occupied the frontier spaces of North America. Recently she has been working closely with the journals and letters of Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943), a professional landscape painter and avid diarist whose wilderness excursions challenged conventional notions of femininity and motherhood. Since 2015 MacBain has served on panels and given public talks on Hill, and her article “The Wild Work of Gender Play in the Journals of Abby Williams Hill” is under review. Drawn to texts that subvert social conceptions of race, ethnicity, and gender, MacBain also published the article “Cont(r)acting Whiteness: The Language of Contagion in the Autobiographical Essays of Zitkala-Sa,” in Arizona Quarterly (2012). MacBain contributed to a 2016 NPR story on lesser-known women writers of the nineteenth century, and her writing has also appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and the American Literary History’s ALH Online Review.
M.A., California State University-Sacramento, 1998; B.A., Ph.D., University of California-Davis, 1991, 2004