RPC Summer’23

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/Speculative Fiction. 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 Louisiana Creole cultural formation; Global Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, & Queerness; Fat/Body/Aesthetic Studies; Environmental Humanities; Cultural Rhetorics/Literatures; TEK/STEM within rhetoric, writing, and culture; and U.S. Southern literature and cultures often centering her Gulf coastal and Louisiana Creole homescapes.

Dr. PC teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous studies; Gender/Sexuality/2SQ studies; Environmental humanities; IBPOC Multimodal Rhetorics; IBPOC Art as Activism; Creative Writing; and Global Indigenous studies. Her classes are community discussion-driven and highly multimodal: “We read a lot. We talk a lot. We watch and listen to a lot. We laugh a lot and even cry. We witness and tell stories to be better relatives and we think through the tensive spaces to imagine better futures.”

Dr. PC's current research and publications include Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and cultural méstizaje within Gulf Creole formations; Fat/Obesity and Gender/ Sexuality; and Critical Mixed-race Theory. Her recent books include the edited collection, Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community (eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford; Darryl Barthé, and Andrew Jolivétte, 2022); Miscegenation Round Dance: Poémes Historiques (2021); the forthcoming monograph Gumbo Stories: Quantum Relation-Making in the Creole South (2025); and Singin’ the Tides Homes: Poems in Call, Response, and Chorus (2024), written with two of her relatives. Dr. PC's current projects include the monograph "Gather at the River": Spiritual Ecologies in Red/Black Literatures;” the edited collection "Genealogies of Water (Re)Storying the Indigenous Gulf Circum-Caribbean: A Collection of Thought and Arts" (eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Carolyn Dunn, and Jean-Luc Pierite); and collection “Nobody Loves a FAT Girl”: Obesity, Obsession, Exile, and the Largeness of Literary Resistance.

She is a FATtastically queer (dis)Abled poet-scholar-teacher-musician-artist, whose works oft centers dialogues on/with/about Louisiana Creole, Gulf Indigenous, and/or circum-Gulf Creole cultures and landbases alongside issues of gender, environmental sustainability/justice, body, and disability/chronic illness.  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 Nation of Alberta (Districts 5 & 6) peoples. Rain is also the Executive Editor, Publisher, and "Book Doula" of That Painted Horse Press, a borderless non-profit p.o.d. publishing house.