Dr. Shana Walton

Associate Professor of English

B.A. in Journalism, Louisiana Tech University; M.A., Ph.D. in Anthropology with a concentration in linguistic anthropology with a focus on ethnic studies and the U.S. South, Tulane University

Areas of Specialization:
Folklore, ethnography, linguistics, ethnic studies, gender studies, cultural studies

Courses Taught:

English 101 & 1o2: Composition

English 210: Topics in Literature

  • Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction

English 326: Introduction to Folklore & Cultural Studies

  • Southern Folklore
  • American Pop Culture



Walton, Shana and Alexander Jaffe. (Fall 2011) “‘Stuff White People Like’: Stance, Class, Race and Internet Commentary.” In: Language in the New Media: Sociolinguistic Perspectives, edited by Crispin Thurlow and Kristine Mroczek. Oxfored University Press.

Sponsored Research:

“Subsistence in Coastal Louisiana: An Exploratory Study,” a project funded by the Bureau of Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to explore the ethnographic/cultural links between wild and cultivated subsistence practices (like fishing, crabbing, hunting and gardening) to community and family networks. Project began fall 2011. ($281,000, Helen Regis, LSU, co-PI).

“Jazz Fest Stories,” funded by the New Orleans jazz and Heritage Foundation to record narratives of Jazz Fest experiences and survey fest-goers. Nicholls students participated in surveying work at JF in spring 2011. Project continued through fall 2011. ($2,000, Helen Regis, LSU, co-PI).


English 368: Technical Writing

English 426: Bayou Culture

English 475: Topics in Literature

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • The History of Literacy

English 493: Language and Culture

Contact Information
Peltier 246-C
Phone: 985.448.4458
Email: shana.walton@nicholls.edu