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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

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 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

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

Dr. Weisbard’s Songbooks makes “Best Scholarly Books of 2021” list.

Dr. Eric Weisbard’s Songbooks: The Literature of American Popular Music was selected by the music critic Greil Marcus as one of the Best Scholarly Books of 2021 for the Chronicle of Higher Education. https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-best-scholarly-books-of-2021?cid=gen_sign_in#robin The Best Scholarly Books of 2021 Thinkers including K. Anthony Appiah, Priya Satia, and Greil Marcus pick their favorites. www.chronicle.com As