Catherine Rainwater, Ph.D. is Professor of English in the Department of Literature, Writing and Rhetoric.

Professor Rainwater is the author of numerous books, chapters in books, and articles in literary journals. She teaches courses in American literature, Native American literature, nineteenth-century and twentieth-century literature, and contemporary literature. She also teaches composition and creative nonfiction.

Among her most recent publications are Leslie Marmon Silko's Storyteller: New Perspectives. University of New Mexico Press,  2016.

“’Maybe Einstein was Part Yaqui’: Deposing Thought in Works by Endrezze and Silko.” SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literatures), 26:1 (Spring 2014), 1-28; and

"Bohmian Order in Leslie Marmon Silko's The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir, and Ocean Story." LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, 24.1 (Winter 2013), 1-21.


Ph.D. English, 1982 American Literature University of Texas at Austin

M.A. English, 1976 Literature and Theory University of California, Irvine

B.A. English, 1974 University of Texas at Austin