New Book Announcement

Dr. Jolene Hubbs is the author of Class, Whiteness, and Southern Literature (Cambridge University Press, Jan. 2023), which explores how poor whites represented the anxieties of middle-class Americans and influenced major literary movements over the long twentieth century. https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/literature/american-literature/class-whiteness-and-southern-literature?format=HB

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Congratulations to Professor Morgan and Yvonne Wells

Professor Stacy Morgan and Yvonne Wells were recently awarded the 2021 Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize for their forthcoming book Folk Art with a Difference: The Story Quilts of Yvonne Wells.  This prize has been awarded annually since 1995 to the manuscript chosen as “Most Deserving in Alabama or Southern History or Culture” by The University of Alabama Press Faculty Editorial Board, and which has been accepted for publication in the prior calendar year. The book chronicles Wells’s […]

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Perks of getting your graduate degree in American Studies

The opportunity to create and teach your own class. Featured above is graduate student, Alex Peeples, delivering his lecture Thursday in his Themes in Country Music class affectionately titled “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”. If you are interested in pursuing graduate education at UA, consider joining us in American Studies and see where your interests take you next. One of our most popular undergraduate courses, AMS 203 Intro. to Southern Studies, had the fortunate pleasure of a […]

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The Department of American Studies congratulates alum Jeff Jones (M.A. 2020) on two significant recent awards.

UA’s Capstone Alliance and the LGBTQ Alumni Association have awarded Jeff the Elliot Jackson Jones Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which recognizes a UA student, at any level, who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to LGBTQ activism and improving the campus climate for diversity.  Jeff also received the Service Leadership Endowed Scholarship from UA’s Women and Gender Resource Center in recognition of their service and leadership in campus activism for gender equity and diversity.  They have maintained these commitments to improving campus life […]

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Dr. Eric Weisbard Receives President’s Faculty Research Award

Dr. Weisbard was selected for a President’s Faculty Research Award in the Senior Scholar category for the Arts and Humanities. He is the author of the award-winning Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music (2014), Songbooks: The Literature of American Popular Music (2021), and numerous articles, book chapters, and edited volumes. He co-edited the Journal of Popular Music Studies and for years organized the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP) / Experience Music Project (EMP) Conference. Dr. Weisbard also […]

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The Department of American Studies is proud to recognize the winners of its latest round of scholarship awards

These awards also were included in the College of Arts & Sciences’ recent Honors Day event on April 8. Lucy Barrow of Gulf Breeze, Florida is this year’s recipient of the Louise B. Tate Memorial Endowed Scholarship.  Lucy will continue toward completion of her M.A. degree in American Studies this fall through UA’s Accelerated Masters Program. Caroline Keating of Lexington, Kentucky is this year’s recipient of the Olecia Robbin White Memorial Scholarship.  Caroline will begin law school at the University […]

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Dr. Mairin Odle Earns Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Our hearty congratulations to Dr. Odle, who earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. She came to the American Studies Department in 2015 and specializes in Native American Studies. She is also our Director of Graduate Studies. Her book, Skin Deep: Tattoos, Scalps, and the Contested Language of Bodies in Early America, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Dr. Jeffrey Melton contributed essay to The Center of Mark Twain Studies

Dr. Jeffrey Melton, Professor of American Studies, contributed a short essay on Mark Twain’s experiences in Athens, Greece, to The Center of Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College (NY), which produces an online blog featuring research from Mark Twain scholars along with other content of interest. The essays, though edited and reviewed, are designed to reach general audiences and promote interest in Twain.   Link to essay: https://marktwainstudies.com/athensbymoonlight/

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