Rain Prud'homme-Cranford, PhD

Pronouns: She/Her/They/Them


Associate Professor

Faculty of Arts , Department of English

Affiliated Faculty

Indigenous Student Access Program

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 1 (403) 220-4664


Office: SS1124



Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy English Literature (Emphasis: Indigenous Studies/ Creole Studies/ Critical Mixed Race), University of Oklahoma, 2014

Master of Arts American Studies (Empahsis; Indigenous/Ethnic Studies/ BIPOC Rhetorics), Michigan State University, 2005

Bachelor of Arts English; Minors: Comparative Theology; Creative Writing, Seton Hill University, 2001


Rain Prud’homme-Cranford (Dr. PC, previously Goméz Ph.D.): Reads too much, drinks too much black tea, and watches too much SF/Fantasy/SpecFic. Dr. PC's home department is English, she is also Affiliated Faculty, International Indigenous Studies / Political Science, and Indigenous Student Access Program at the University of Calgary. Dr. PC specializes in Global Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous Cultural Studies; BIPOC Rhetorics/Literatures; Fat/Body/Aesthetic Studies; STEM within rhetoric, writing, and culture; Gender, Two-Spirit, and Sexuality; Landbase & Ecocriticism; and U.S. Southern literature and culture. Dr. PC's current research and publications include Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and méstizaje within Gulf Creole cultural formations; Fat/Obesity and gender/sexuality;  and Critical Mixed-race theory. Her books include Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory (MEP 2012, as Rain C. Goméz); Miscegenation Roundance: Poèmes Historiques (2021 Mongrel Empire Press); and the co-edited collections Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community (the University of Washington, 2022) and Indians, Oil, & Water: Indigenous Ecologies and Literary Resistance (TPHP Winter 2022). Her monograph Gumbo Stories: Rhetorics and Quantum Relation-Making in the Creole South is under contract and she has begun two new monograph projects: “Nobody Loves a FAT Girl”: Obesity, Obsession, Exile, and the Largeness of Literary Resistance; and Gather at the River: Spiritual Ecologies in Red/Black Literatures. Research in progress includes the academic work “Keep on Singing for the Good Times:“ Tracing Transcontinental Literary Tributaries & Méstizaje / Métissage Persistence; the creative/theory work “I oughta know about lonely girls:” Essays on Body, Fat, Love, & Place; and third poetry and original art & photography collection entitled Epidermal Journal: The Body Book

A FATtastically queer (dis)Abled poet-scholar-teacher-musician-artist centering her Louisiana Creole culture, she is grateful to live and work on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot (Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai) Nations, the T'suu Tina, the Stoney Nakoda, and Métis Region III peoples. Rain is also the Executive Editor and Publisher of That Painted Horse Press, a borderless BIPOC non-profit p.o.d. publishing house. Critical and Creative work can be found in several edited collections, journals, and magazines, such as Undead Souths: Swamp Souths: Tracing Literary Ecologies (LSU P); The Gothic and Beyond (LSU P);  Anomaly JournalWorld Literature Today, Plume, Bulbancha is Still a Place: Indigenous Culture from New Orleans, and many others. 


Areas of Research

Areas of Research & Publication

Louisiana Creole Cultural Studies

Global Indigenous Studies 

Fatness, disAbility, & Wellness Studies

Ecocriticism and Sustainability

Two-Spirit, Queer, Gender, and Sexuality

Post-Contact Indigeneity & Community (Creole / Méstizo / Métis / Latinx / Freedmen / Filipinx)

African American/Canadian and African diaspora

American Literature & Multimodal Culture

BIPOC Literatures, Rhetorics, & Cultures

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) & Literary Theory

BIPOC Futurisms and Popular Culture

Cultural Rhetorics

Creative Writing (Poetry, Short Story, Essay, & Creative Non-fiction)


Course number Course title Semester
ENGL 251 LEC 08 08 Literature and Society 2020
ENGL 251 TUT 08 T08 Literature and Society 2020
ENGL 309 LEC 01 01 Literature and the Environment 2021
ENGL 493 LEC 01 01 Global Indigenous Literatures 2021
ENGL 60549 SEC 01 S01 Topics National/Transnt'l Lit 2020
INDG 50302 LEC 01 01 Adv Topic Int'l INDG 2020
POLI 72304 LEC 02 02 Spec Topics Political Science 2020


  • Graduate Student Conference Grant Award, Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL). 2014
  • Provost Certificate of Distinction in GA Teaching, University of Oklahoma. 2014
  • First Book Award Poetry, Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. 2010
  • SW/TX PCA Area Chair Award, Conference on Popular Culture. 2007
  • Intern of the Year, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. 2005