Dr. Courtney Watson

Courtney Watson is an Associate Professor of English who earned her PhD at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. She also holds an MFA in fiction from Florida Atlantic University and a BS in Communications from the University of Miami, where she majored in print journalism.

The focus of Dr. Watson’s scholarship is literary travel and literary tourism. Her research examines the ways in which the legacies of authors are marketed through commodified literary landmarks in heritage economies throughout the South. Dr. Watson also explores the theme of travel in her creative work. A past recipient of the National Society of Arts & Letters Regional Short Story Prize, Dr. Watson uses her love of travel as the foundation for many of her stories and essays.

At Radford University Carilion, Dr. Watson teaches composition and literature, with a focus on women writers and Southern authors. She also developed and teaches writing and research courses for the undergraduate and graduate health sciences programs. These collaborations support and inform her research into the intersection of science, healthcare, and the humanities.

Dr. Watson’s writing and scholarship have appeared or are forthcoming in Gaining STEAM, Artemis, Nothing Short of 100Studies in American Culture,  and more. She is the winner of the Omega Sci Fi "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" Feminist Science Fiction Award, a national finalist for the Arts & Letters Short Story Prize, and a nominee for the State Council for Higher Education's Rising Star award. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.