Rebecca Mark, the current department chair, is a scholar whose research addresses southern writing and cultural representations of trauma. Her books include: The Dragon's Blood: Feminist Intertextuality in Eudora Welty's Fiction (University Press of Mississippi 1994), and Ersatz America: Hidden Traces, Graphic Texts, and Mending of Democracy (University of Virginia Press, 2014). Professor Mark is presently completing The Radical Welty: A Private Address and Owl Eyes, a book of original graphic inscriptions.
A Posse Mentor (2010-2014), the founding executive director of the Newcomb College Institute (2006-2008), and a founding member of the Deep South Regional Humanities Center at Tulane (2001-2003), Professor Mark was the Distinguished Teaching Mentor for Tulane's Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching (2013-2014). She received the Public Humanities Achievement Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council for directing the civil rights conference Unsettling Memories (2004). Mark currently works with Tulane's Center for Public Service to train students to become Community Engagement Advocates. She was named the Greenberg Family Professor in Social Entrepreneurship for 2014-2016.