She has supervised 30 PhD students to successful completion and is a member of the AHRC's Research Careers and Training Advisory Network and has been a member of its Peer Review College since 2006. She was an assessor for REF 2014 as a member of two panels (English SP 29 and History SP30) .
She is a cultural historian who works across literature, history, film, media and cultural studies, usually in interdisciplinary studies of the American South, the Civil Rights Movement and massive resistance to the movement. She is completing SNCC's Stories: Narrative Culture and the Southern Freedom Struggle of the 1960s for the University of Georgia Press and and writing The Civil Rights Movement: A Literary History for CUP. Her published books include Advancing Sisterhood?: Interracial Friendships in Southern Fiction (University of Georgia Press, 2000) which maps a feminist taxonomy of female friendship and of whiteness studies. It explores relationships between black and white women as represented by a wide range of authors and with particular focus on Ellen Douglas, Kaye Gibbons, Carol Dawson, Lane von Herzen. It examines how white women writers grappled with interracial relationships in literature and popular culture prior to the interest in and controversy around Kathryn Stockett's The Help. In her book American Culture in the 1960s (Edinburgh University Press, 2008), Monteith argues that it is impossible to understand the Sixties without recourse to the southern freedom struggle and resistance to it. She edited The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South (2013) and (with Paul Grainge and Mark Jancovich) Film Histories (EUP/Toronto, 2006). She was awarded a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship to work on Race and Gender in the Mississippi Delta in 2001-2. Monteith also co-edited Gender and the Civil Rights Movement with Peter Ling (Garland, 1999/ Rutgers, 2004) and South To a New Place: Region, Literature, Culture, with Suzanne Jones (LSU, 2002) and has contributed to a number of collections on Southern culture including Media, Culture and the Modern African Freedom Struggle (2002), Emmett Till in Historical and Literary Imagination (2008), Poverty and Progress in the US South (2007), the Blackwell Companion to Southern Culture (2007). Her essay about the ways in which exploitation movies of the 1960s dramatize Freedom Summer was published in Deborah Barker and Kathryn McKee's American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary (University of Georgia Press, 2011). With Allison Graham she edited the Media and Film volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2011). She edited the Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South (2013) which includes her essay on "Civil Rights Fiction" and co-edited The Transatlantic Sixties: America and Europe in the Counterculture Decade (2013) with colleagues from Germany, Poland and Denmark. It contains her essay "A Tale of Three Bridges: Pont Saint-Michel, Paris, 1961; Trefechan Bridge, Aberystwyth, Wales, 1963; Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama, 1965."
Together with Prof. Nahem Yousaf (Nottingham Trent University), she edits the Manchester University Press series of monographs Contemporary American and Canadian Writers.
Proposals for new books in the series should be emailed to to both editors
Monteith also publishes on British fiction and culture. She was the first person to write a book about award-winning novelist Pat Barker whose writing she has followed since 1982. She has interviewed Pat Barker on a number of occasions including publicly at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival and the Durham Book Festival and has spoken about her work on BBC radio and presented on Barker in the US, Scandinavia and Britain. She published Pat Barker (2002). She co-edited Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker (2005) and Contemporary British and Irish Fiction: An Introduction Through Interview (2005).