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Carrie Tippen

Carrie Tippen

Assistant Professor
Hometown : Clarendon, Texas
Joined Chatham : 2015

Academic Areas of Interest

American Literature, Southern Literature, Cookbooks, Food Studies, Women's Studies, authorship, rhetoric and composition

Personal Areas of Interest

Cooking, Bicycles, Yoga, and Baseball (watching!)

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Carrie Helms Tippen is Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of First Year Writing at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she teaches courses in American Literature and composition. Her new book, Inventing Authenticity: How Cookbook Writers Redefine Southern Identity (University of Arkansas Press), examines the rhetorical strategies that writers use to prove the authenticity of their recipes in the narrative headnotes of contemporary cookbooks. Her academic work has been published in Food and Foodways, American Studies, Southern Quarterly, and Food, Culture, and Society.


  • Ph. D., Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX), 2015
  • M.A. Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX), 2008
  • B.A. Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX), 2006





  • American Studies Association
  • MLA
  • Southern Foodways Alliance


  • “The Stories of Southern Cooking: History, Ethnicity, and Authenticating Strategies in Recipe Origin Narratives.” Opera to Okra: Conference on Southern Culture (Converse College, Spartanburg, SC). April 16-19, 2014.
  • “Booze and Borderlands: Historicizing Race and Class in the Liminal Spaces of Light in August and Sanctuary.” Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference (Oxford, MS). July 21-25, 2014.
  • “‘A Little Less History in Our Hearts’: Arguing Authenticity without History in Garden & Gun.” American Studies Association Conference (Los Angeles,CA). November 2014.
  • “‘You Cook. He’ll Want to Eat’: Resisting Gendered Southern Hospitality in Sanctuary.” MLA Conference (Vancouver, BC). January 2015.
  • “Canon Plus: A Case for Using Cookbooks in Memoir and Autobiography Courses.” MLA Conference, Austin, TX. January 2016.
  • "The Gentrification of the Abattoir, Or the Chef Goes to the Slaughterhouse." Okra 2 Opera 3: Conference on Southern Culture. Converse College, Spartanburg, SC. April 8-9, 2016.
  • “Mapping the Imagined South: GIS Mapping of Contemporary Southern Cookbooks.” Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, University of Pittsburgh. June 2016. (Collaboration with student research assistants: Lisa Cuyler, Rachel Geffrey, Kaitlyn Shirey, Tessa Weber, Emily Carter, and Carina Stopenski)
  • “Copying and Copyright: The Recipe Text as Offal.” Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, UK. July 2016. (Collaboration with Amanda Milian and Heidi Hakimi-Hood of TCU; paper will be published in conference proceedings)
  • “Exotic American Cuisine: Writing About Food and American Identity.” MLA Conference, Philadelphia, PA. January 2017.
  • “Certifying the Celebrity Chef: Proving Southern Citizenship Through Narrative.” MLA Conference, Philadelphia, PA. January 2017.
  • “Southern Cookbooks and the (Non)Suffering South.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, Austin, TX. February 2018.
  • “Ones to Watch in Southern Food Writing.” MLA Conference; Chicago, IL. January 3, 2019.
  • “Culinary Capital and the Cookbook Reader.” Symposium: Cookbooks: Past, Present, and Future. Portsmouth University, Portsmouth, UK. March 2, 2019.