Dr. Joanne "Jan" Hawks was the founding director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies from 1981-1998. The Isom Center. This video commissioned by the Isom Center reflects on her life and legacy on the 20th anniversary of her passing.
Professor of English and Poet Laureate of Mississippi
"I had very, very few female professors, for example, so doing something as simply as teaching in a nine-months-pregnant body has seemed deliciously, importantly radical. So has actively mentoring women students as they consider their professional plans, marching in the Pride parade ("English Profs do it with Pride" read my poster), serving as an Isom affiliate, and including on my syllabi that I'm an Ally."