Dear AMS community, As Department Chair, I wanted to share with you what we’ve been up to since the University of Alabama closed its campus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting this Monday, March 30, 2020, the university will offer alternative modes of instruction. Faculty members in the AMS Department spent Spring Break putting
Dr. Hubbs consulted current and former M.A. students in the American Studies Department to learn what makes for great experiences as graduate teaching assistants. She blogs about her findings here: https://teachinghub.as.ua.edu/faculty-blog/working-with-gtas-advice-from-the-experts/
In his upcoming book “Songbooks: The Literature of American Popular Music,” writer Eric Weisbard talks about Tosches’ impact on rock writing, and the many cultural touchstones and detours he brought to his musical history lessons. “In the chapter ‘Orpheus, Gypsies, and Redneck Rock ‘n’ Roll,’” Weisbard writes, “Tosches invented what Greil Marcus — formally, an
Dr. Jeff Melton, an expert on travel writing, discusses the significance of Mark Twain’s bestselling book, The Innocents Abroad (1869), on the 150th anniversary of its publication. https://marktwainstudies.com/an-ode-to-the-innocents-abroad/
Congratulations to Dr. Mairin Odle for being selected for a summer residency at the prestigious National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Dr. Odle will spend the summer completing her book manuscript on body markings (tattooing, scalping) in early America. UA Professors Selected For Prestigious NHC Summer Residency
Bryan Jack, an alumnus (MA American Studies 1996), Associate Professor of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and lives in St. Louis, MO. He recently wrote Southern History on Screen: Race and Rights 1976-2016 and is published by the University Press of Kentucky. https://www.kentuckypress.com/live/title_detail.php…
The AMS Department congratulates Dr. Stacy Morgan for winning the 2018 Wayland D. Hand Prize for Outstanding Book in Folklore and History for his monograph Frankie and Johnny: Race, Gender, and the Work of African American Folklore in 1930s America (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017). In the words of the Award Committee, “This book
Emily Tarvin published “YOU LOOK DISGUSTING: A Case Study of the YouTube Beauty Community,” in the Fall 2018 issue of Studies in Popular Culture. Emily is currently enrolled in the Texts and Technology doctoral program at the University of Central Florida and teaches a Cultural Studies course there.
Congratulations to AMS and New College Professor Ellen Spears and AMS graduate Margaret Sasser (MA ’14), on the launching of the online resource for studying the Scottsboro Trials.