Faculty

Dr. Morgan joins panel for Thorton Dial exhibit

Professor Morgan recently joined artists Lonnie Holley and Richard Dial and curator-scholar Anne Collins Smith as part of an opening panel discussion for the exhibition Thornton Dial: I, Too, Am Alabama.  The exhibition is on view at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts through December 10.

New Book Announcement

Dr. Mairin Odle’s book, Under the Skin: Tattoos, Scalps, and the Contested Language of Bodies in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, Nov. 2022) looks at body modifications as signs of alliance or conflict in the interactions between Natives and newcomers in 17th and 18th-century North America. https://www.pennpress.org/9781512823165/under-the-skin/

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

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

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

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