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Corinne Mason

Associate Professor / Chair, Department of Humanities
Office: Ryan 424 B


  • BA (art history and English), Wittenberg University
  • MFA (writing), Washington University
  • MA, PhD (American studies), Saint Louis University


  • 2022 Semi-Finalist, Pink Poetry Prize, Great River Review
  • 2022 Finalist, Phoebe Journal Poetry Contest
  • 2022 Winner, Wednesday Club of St. Louis Poetry Contest
  • 2022 Writer-in-Residence, Rockvale Writers’ Colony, Rockvale, Tennessee
  • 2022 Writer-in-Residence, Dairy Hollow Writers’ Colony, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • National Endowment for the Humanities grant
  • Selected Council of Independent Colleges faculty participants for “Civil War in American Memory” seminar at Yale University
  • St. Charles Lwanga Center adult honoree
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Matthew J. Mancini Award for Outstanding American Studies Dissertation

Courses Taught

  • US History to and from 1865
  • American Social History
  • African-American History
  • Ferguson: Contexts and Consequences
  • History of Saint Louis
  • Poetry Writing

Scholarly Interests

  • Collective memory
  • Race and culture
  • Transnational American studies
  • Social justice
  • Saint Louis
  • Visual culture studies
  • Poetry writing
  • US history and literature


Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “A City Bird, a Global Story.” Gateway: The Magazine of the Missouri Historical Society, forthcoming, Spring, 2023.

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “Oncology,” New Ohio Review, Spring, 2023.

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “Eclipse,” Abandoned Mine, August, 2022.

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “On Taiko,” Hawaii Pacific Review, May, 2022.

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “Things That Pierce,” Phoebe, May, 2022.

Wohlford Mason, Corinne (second author) and Theresa Coble, Bill Gwaltney, and Lisa Overholser. “Activating Heritage Leadership: An Approach to EdD Curriculum, Conversations, and Collaborative Inquiry.” Special issue, “Activating Activism: Promoting Activism within EdD Programs, Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 2020.

Wohlford, Corinne. “Perishability and Desolation: Disaster and the Racialization of Suffering in the Neoliberal Therapeutic Memoir.” Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 2018.

Wohlford, Corinne. “‘What Everybody Knows’: Teaching Ferguson in Saint Louis.” In Cassander Smith et al, editors: Teaching with Tension: Race, Reality, and Resistance in the Classroom. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press (Critical Insurgencies series), 2018.

Wohlford, Corinne, with Stephanie E. Afful and Suzanne M. Stoelting. “Beyond ‘Difference’: Examining the Process and Flexibility of Racial Identity in Interracial Marriages.” Journal of Social Issues, 2015.

Conference Presentations

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “When Memory Forgets: Reframing and Restoring Diversity in US History Education.” Missouri Council for History Education Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, October 14, 2022.

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “Global Studies at Fontbonne University: The US/Mexico Border Crisis.” Presented to Saint Joseph Joshi Gakuen Senior High School. Tsu-shi, Mie-ken, Japan. January 18, 2022.

Wohlford Mason, Corinne, co-panelist. “Pedagogies of the Teachable Moment: Ferguson.” Public Humanities Initiative. Saint Louis University. January 23, 2020.

Wohlford Mason, Corinne. “When Memory Forgets: Reframing and Restoring Diversity in History Education.” Workshop for Parkway School District social studies educators. Missouri Council for History Education Visiting Scholar program. Parkway Central High School. St. Louis, Missouri, January 3, 2020 and February 14, 2020.

Wohlford, Corinne and Joseph Cullon, Shannon Fogg, and Julia Nguyen. “Repositioning History in the Undergraduate Curriculum with NEH Support.” American Historical Association Conference. Chicago, Illinois, January 4, 2019.

Wohlford, Corinne and Benjamin Moore. “How the Bosnians Became White: Constructing Whiteness in Saint Louis.” Western Literature Association Conference. Saint Louis, Missouri, October 25, 2018.

Wohlford, Corinne. “‘Perishability and Desolation’ in Post-Tsunami Japan: Neoliberal Sentiment in Gretel Ehrlich’s Facing the Wave.” Midwest Modern Language Association Conference. Saint Louis, Missouri, November 11, 2016.

Wohlford, Corinne and Susan Shelangoskie, Peter Monacell, and Matthew Barbee. “Yes, You Will be Teaching 101.” Midwest Modern Language Association Conference. Saint Louis, Missouri, November 12, 2016.

Wohlford, Corinne. “‘Burn This Bitch Down!’: Louis Head, Ferguson, and the Criminal Politics of Black Grief.” Association for the Study of African-American Life and History Conference. Atlanta, Georgia, September 26, 2015.

Taff, Corinne Wohlford. “Haiti’s ‘Halo’: Celebrity Earthquake Relief, Race, Empire, and the Meanings of Haiti.” Haitian Studies Association Conference. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. November 7, 2014.

Taff, Corinne Wohlford. “To Visit Orphans: The Evangelical ‘Orphan Care’ Movement and Implications for American Empire.” Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana, October 3, 2014.

Taff, Corinne Wohlford and Joyce Starr Johnson. “The Dedicated Semester: Invigorating the Curriculum in an Era of Limited Resources,” Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference Roundtable Presentation. Chicago, Illinois, April 1-3, 2012.

Taff, Corinne W. “The Dedicated Semester.” Panel on “Strategies to Promote the Search for Meaning and Vocation in Undergraduates: Non-Traditional and Traditional Students,” Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana, March 12, 2011.

Taff, Corinne Wohlford. “We Have Overcome?: Obama, Race, and the World,” American Studies Association Conference. Washington, DC, November 8, 2009.

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