Affiliated Faculty and Staff

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Susan H. Allen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

I am an associate professor of political science at the University of Mississippi. I received my Ph.D. in political science at Emory University and bachelor's degree from Guilford College. In my research, I explore economic sanctions, air power, and the consequences of conflict. Other work contributes to the scholarship on international institutions (particularly the United Nations), interactions between national governments and opposition groups, the human consequences of military and economic conflict.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Women and armed conflict




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Marie Barnard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Administration and Research Assistant Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Barnard earned a masters degree in epidemiology from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi conducting research on intimate partner violence and community pharmacy practice. Her research explores the intersection of sex and gender with public health issues.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Sex and gender-based medicine, intimate partner violence and health outcomes, women and public health





Francis D. Boateng, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Dr. Francis D. Boateng is an assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology in the Department of Legal Studies, University of Mississippi and a research fellow for Africa Institute for Crime, Policy & Governance Research. He received his MA and PhD in criminal justice and criminology from Washington State University, and is currently working on several projects testing the organizational justice and support theories in a comparative context. He is also developing a book manuscript (under contract with Routledge) that looks at U.S. immigration policy and National Security. Dr. Boateng’s main research interests include comparative criminal justice, comparative policing, Police legitimacy, international security, victimology, quantitative research, crime, law and justice. In addition to presenting papers at professional conferences such as American Society of Criminology (ASC), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and Western Association of Criminal Justice (WACJ), he has published extensively. His recent publications have appeared in a number of well-respected journals, including Crime & Delinquency, Prison Journal, Policing & Society, Policing: An international Journal, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, International Studies Criminal Research Justice Review, Journal of the Institute of Justice and International 

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Female Police Criminality: Nature and Extent of Crimes Committed by Female Police Officers




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Joe Turner Cantu, MFA

Professor of Theatre Arts

Joe Turner Cantú, Professor of Theatre Arts, is an actor trainer, director, and playwright in the Department of Theatre & Film and was Artistic Director of Oxford Shakespeare Festival for ten years. Joe's actor-training book, In The Moment: the Process of Training Actors, was published in 2015, Nautilus Publishing. Joe’s 2016 play, Eternity for the Time Being, is in the development process and received a staged reading in February of 2016. His professional playwriting credits include Rock and Betty Dance, winner of a Rockefeller playwriting award, having premiered at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, Texas. From Maine to Arizona, his professional directing and artistic directing background is extensive. In July 1995, the North American Cultural Institute of Perú brought Joe to Lima to direct a professional Spanish-language production of Tennessee Williams' La Noche de la Iguana at the Teatro Bi-Nacional. In 2003, Joe returned to Lima, Perú with an Ole Miss cast and staff in a Spanish-translation production of The Glass Menagerie (El Zoo de Cristal) by Tennessee Williams, invited to represent the U.S.A. at the International Theatre Festival in Lima. Joe has taught at Northern Arizona University, the University of Texas, the University of Michigan and at his alma mater, Southern Methodist University, where he earned his MFA in Acting. In 2006, Joe was the recipient of the Cora Lee Graham Award (Outstanding Teacher of Freshmen), awarded by the College of Liberal Arts. Joe and his husband, Eddie Upton, Registrar at the School of Law, live in Oxford, Mississippi. For detailed info, see his website:

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: LGBTQ dramatic literature in American culture, Theatre




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Beth Ann Fennelly, M.F.A

Professor of English and Poet Laureate of Mississippi

Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants and awards from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Fennelly has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, and The Tilted World, a novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin. Her newest book is Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (W.W. Norton, Oct. ’17). Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Women's literature, gender and sexuality





Amy Fisher, J.D., M.S.W.

Associate Professor of Social Work

Amy Fisher is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Mississippi. Her primary research interests include learning and development in social work education, exploring cognitive development, and other processes, and issues related to race and service delivery. Her teaching is focused on clinical practice classes in the MSW program, making use of both her social work experience in and her experiences practicing law. Her clinical social work practice experience includes mental health counseling with individuals, families, and groups, with an emphasis on substance use and misuse--particularly with involvement in the justice system. Amy currently serves as Diversity Liaison for the School of Applied Sciences to the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement at UM.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Currently studying anti-oppressive social work practice and education.





Ann Fisher-Wirth, Ph.D.

Professor of English and Director of the Environmental Studies Minor

Ann Fisher-Wirth was an Army brat and lived in Washington, D.C., Germany, Pennsylvania, and Japan before her family settled in Berkeley, California. She went to college and graduate school in Claremont, California, and taught at Virginia before coming with her husband Peter Wirth to Oxford in 1988. She is a poet whose fifth book, Mississippi (Wings Press 2018) is a poetry/photography collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay. Ann is also coeditor (with Laura-Gray Street) of the groundbreaking Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity UP 2014). She has had senior Fulbrights to Switzerland and Sweden, has had artist residencies at Djerassi, Hedgebrook, The Mesa Refuge, and CAMAC in France, and was Anne Spencer Poet in Residence at Randolph College in 2017. A former Black Earth Institute Fellow, she now serves on its board. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi, where she also directs the Environmental Studies minor--and she teaches yoga in Oxford, MS. Her family includes five grown children and six grandchildren.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Women and the environment, American women environmental writers, women-authored ecopoetry.




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Shennette Garrett-Scott, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies

Dr. Garrett-Scott received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests focus on gender, race, and capitalism. Her first book, “Let Us Have a Bank”: The St. Luke Bank, Race, and Gender in U.S. Finance, 1860s–1930s (Columbia University Press, Fall 2018), explores how black women in particular and blacks in general used finance to carve out possibilities in U.S. capitalism and society.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Race, capitalism, activism




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Deidra Jackson, Ph.D.

Visiting Instructor of Writing

Deidra Faye Jackson, who earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi, teaches first-year writing and graduate higher education courses. She researches faculty perceptions of scholarly productivity, writing groups as faculty development, and faculty persistence within "publish or perish" R1 universities. She is a Visiting Instructor of Writing and holds a master's and bachelor's degree in journalism. A former newspaper editor and reporter in North Carolina and Mississippi, she currently is a contributing writer for Inside Higher Ed. She also has presented research at the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and (forthcoming) the Association of Rhetoric and Writing Studies. She has co-authored and authored articles in the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship and the Journal of Contemporary Research in Education, respectively. Daily, she is motivated to persevere by her Gen Z son, Jackson, with whom she lives in Oxford, Miss.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Gender and race influences in publishing persistence, as well as faculty relationships and collegiality as they relate to scholarly productivity.





Rhona Justice-Malloy, Ph.D.

Professor of Theatre and Film

A professor of theatre arts, Justice-Malloy is a member of the National Theater Conference, which has only 150 members selected through a strict nomination process. She served as president of the Mid-America Theater Conference and was recently inducted as a fellow. Justice-Malloy’s record of research spans many years and includes articles in Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance, and in Theatre History Studies. She co-edited and contributed a chapter to the book “Enacting History.” Besides her strong publication record, Justice-Malloy also has s significant record of presentations both domestically and internationally. In 2018 Dr. Justice-Malloy received the College of Liberal Arts Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Contemporary American Women Playwrights




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Karen Kate Kellum, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Institutional Effectiveness & Assistant Professor, Psychology

Kate Kellum currently serves as the Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Mississippi. She holds a masters degree in education from Purdue University and a doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Nevada Reno. She has considerable experience in assessment of educational and research activities, time- series research design, and performance measurement/ improvement. She has been consulting with schools, universities and non-profits in the USA and UK for over 20 years to improve their ability to measure learning outcomes and organizational performance. Kate regularly designs and conducts research related to student learning outcomes and student preference. Kate is an active presenter at national and international conferences.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Advancement and Pay Equity, bringing data analysis to women's and LGBTQIA+ projects




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Catherine V. "Ginny" Kilgore, J.D.

Adjunct Professor of Law

Catherine V. (Ginny) Kilgore has served for many years as Adjunct Professor for the Elder Law Clinic, a part of the University of Mississippi School of Law Civil Legal Clinical Program, which partners with North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (NMRLS) to provide access to justice for poor people in North Mississippi. Currently she teaches Elder Law and directs the Elder Law Clinic at the Law School. For most of her legal career, she also worked at NMRLS in various capacities, providing legal assistance to low income and frail elderly clients in cases involving the basics of life - access to food, clothing, shelter, income, health care, a safe environment, preservation of the family, employment, and planning for the future for people with small estates. Inspired by the National Aging and Law Conference 20 years ago, she developed the annual NMRLS Elder Law Conference that offers Continuing Legal Education for attorneys and social workers. The Law School Elder Law Clinic and NMRLS also, to this day, continue to partner on community legal education events, including outreach to frail and isolated clients in 39 counties and legal instruction for professionals in the field. Ginny became interested in developing the history of North Mississippi Rural Legal Services during the time that she co-chaired the NMRLS 50th anniversary events in 2016. She was also a witness to history in that she worked for NMRLS for almost 40 years. As she helped develop the history, she realized that women played a large role in the genesis and development of legal services for the poor in Mississippi. However, the essential role of women in the access to justice movement has not been fully recorded. She decided to begin the process of investigating and recording the rich untold story of the role of women in the development of legal services in Mississippi. Ginny is the 2011 recipient of the National Aging and Law Award, the 2002 recipient of the University of Mississippi Law School Public Service Award and the 2000 recipient of the Mississippi Bar Legal Services Lawyer of the Year Award.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: The role of women in the genesis and development of legal services for the poor in Mississippi.




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Natalia Kolesnikova, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics

Natalia Kolesnikova received her Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to coming to the University of Mississippi she was a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Her research focuses on labor economics and applied microeconomics.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Women's labor supply




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Tess Lefmann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Tess Lefmann received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Her research agenda focuses on maternal and child health disparities, beginning with inequalities in the prenatal environment that lead to discrepancies in postpartum health promotion behaviors. Particularly, on the structural and cultural barriers that contribute to the glaring racial and economic disparities in breastfeeding behavior.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Intersectionality of birth, breastfeeding, and motherhood




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Gregory J. Love, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Gregory J. Love is Associate Professor of Political Science and Affiliated Researcher of the Latin American Public Opinion Project at Vanderbilt University. He is also co-director of the Executive Approval Project and the Southeast Latin American Behavioral Workshop. He holds a Ph.D. and B.A. from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Love’s work focuses on the intersection of mass political behavior and elite identities, actions, and institutions, particularly in Latin America. His recent publications and ongoing projects look at the role of leader gender and democratic accountability in the developed and developing world. Work from this project and others appear in numerous academic journals, books, and popular press outlets. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Center for the Study of Conflict and Social Cohesion (Chile), and the Latin American Studies Association. Dr. Love’s teaching interests align with his research endeavors. Recent courses have examined the politics of Latin America and the role of mass movements and identities in shaping individual behavior.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: The role of gender in political leadership and the interesection of gender and racial/ethnic identity in public opinion from a comparative perspective.




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Diane Marting, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish (Modern Languages)

Dr. Diane Marting received her advanced degrees in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University and specializes in 20th-century literature, film, and culture from Latin America in Spanish, Portuguese but also examines some French feminism. Her books have promoted knowledge of women writers from Spanish America primarily, but also Clarice Lispector from Brazil, and LGBTQIA+ issues and writers from Latin America more recently.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Latin American women writers, female sexuality, cultural representations of gender expansive and transgender people




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Amy McDowell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Amy McDowell studies and teaches the intersection of religion, gender, sexuality, and popular culture. Her previous work focused on how young Christian men use punk rock music to construct religious space in secular settings and on how Muslim youth use punk to resist anti-Muslim racism. She published this research in Gender & SocietySociology of ReligionQualitative Sociology, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. McDowell’s current research takes a qualitative approach to understanding the relationship between American evangelical church culture and gender politics in the Deep South.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Sociology of gender, sexuality, and religion, particularly religious conservatism.




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Katie McKee, Ph.D.

Director, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and McMullan Professor of Southern Studies and Professor of English

Kathryn McKee is a nineteenth-century Americanist with a specialty in the postbellum U.S. South. She is the author of Reading Reconstruction: Sherwood Bonner and the Literature of the Post-Civil War South (2019) and co-editor, with Deborah Barker, of American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary (2011).

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Women's literature




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Maureen Meyers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology & Anthropology

Dr. Meyers is an archaeologist with extensive experience in the Southeastern United States, in both academic and cultural resource management settings. Her primary research area is Mississippian chiefdoms, particularly those located on the periphery of the Mississippian world. She examines the relationship between craft production, exchange and emergent complexity at the 14th century Carter Robinson site in southwestern Virginia. In addition to her Mississippian period research she is actively engaged in research about the Westos, a mid-17th century group involved in Indian slaving in the Southeast. She also oversaw and publishes on a sexual harassment fieldwork survey for the Southeastern Archaeological Conference. She was given the 2013 C.B. Moore Award for Excellence in Archaeology by a Young Scholar in Southeastern Archaeology.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Sexual harassment; representations of women in prehistory; identification of women's activities in prehistory





Susan Pedigo, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Women in STEM fields, Cultural definitions of self




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Rene Pulliam, MFA

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Film

Since 1993, René Pulliam has been head of the BFA program in Musical Theatre at the University of Mississippi. She received her BA in Music from Whittier College in 1972 and her MFA in Dance/Choreography from Mills College in 1992. She has directed and/or choreographed hundreds of musicals across the United States, including the West Coast premiers of Smile, Closer than Ever, and Over Here. She has been awarded the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for her choreography on No, No Nanette and Good News. Her performance credits include television (The Carol Burnett Show), commercials (Dr. Pepper), and touring companies (The King and I, Godspell). She apprenticed with the late rhythm tap dancer Eddie Brown and has shared the stage with such tap legends as Honi Coles, Jimmy Slyde, Bunny Briggs, and the Nicholas Brothers. She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voice Work and has recently published her research, "Training the Musical Theatre Performer: Finding a Unified Breath," in the Voice and Speech Review.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: LGBT Voice, Theatre, Dance




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Anne Quinney, Ph.D.

Professor of French (Modern Languages)

Anne Quinney is Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages at The University of Mississippi where she regularly offers courses in the history of French cinema, 19th-21st century French and Francophone literature, and special topics in French culture. She earned a B.A. in Literature and Society from Brown University and a Master’s in Modern French Literature from Université Paris 8. She received her Ph.D in French Studies from Duke University in 2000. She has written several articles on French writers Alexandre Dumas, Eugene Ionesco, Maurice Blanchot, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Marguerite Duras. She has published two books, Le goût de la révolte and Paris—Bucharest, Bucharest—Paris: Francophone writers from Romania, as well as a English translation of French psychoanalyst J.B. Pontalis’ autobiographical work, Fenêtres. Currently she is working on a manuscript that explores the significance of editorial censorship and translation in the marketing of Franco-Algerian writer Albert Camus to an American reading public.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: French and Francophone cinema by Women Directors, Gender and French Film, Women's autobiography in France, French feminisms





Carrie Veronica Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Carrie Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Mississippi.  She is also the inaugural Isom Center Fellow.  She holds a masters degree in Experimental Psychology from the College of William & Mary and a doctoral degree in Social Psychology from the University of Houston.  Her research falls into three main areas: (a) The role of the self and motivation in people’s relationships (friendships, romantic and sexual relationships, families, professional relationships), especially through the lens of Self-Determination Theory, (b) Situational and individual determinants of perceptions of daily experiences, such as social interactions and sexual interactions, and (c) The influence of sex, gender, and ambivalent sexism on social perception, social interaction, and personal and professional well-being.  She has presented her work at regional, national, and international conferences and has over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters to her credit.  In addition to her academic endeavors, her campus service has included serving as the chair of the Diversity Committee in the Department of Psychology, volunteering on advisory boards and work groups associated with Greek Life, and working on the Non-Tenure Track Task Force on issues of shared governance.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Personal Relationships and Sexuality




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Alysia Burton Steele, MA

Assistant Professor of Journalism

Alysia Burton Steele is a multimedia journalist and author of the book “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom,” a finalist in the 2015 Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards for nonfiction.

The book has been featured in The New York Times,, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Public Radio, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Essence, (owned by The Washington Post), Free Lance-Star,  The Clarion-Ledger and Southern Living. NYT bestselling author Bishop T.D. Jake’s featured her story in his Docu-Series.

She received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in photography from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.

Steele has worked as a staff photographer/multimedia producer at The Columbus Dispatch, a picture editor at The Dallas Morning News and deputy director of photography/picture editor at The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Steele spent five weeks documenting life in South Africa, Uganda and the Ivory Coast, where her images were featured in Habitat for Humanity’s 25th anniversary coffee table book. While working as a photographer at The Columbus Dispatch, she won the 2004 James Gordon Understanding Award for photographic excellence for her month-long assignment inside the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

In 2006, she was part of the photo team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for their Hurricane Katrina coverage where she served as a picture editor. For three consecutive years, she did the picture editing and layout/design for the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Classic coffee table book.

She also did picture editing for the National Urban League and designed their 100th commemorative poem booklet written by Maya Angelou. She’s won numerous awards for her photography and picture editing.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Women’s oral histories




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James Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

James M. Thomas (JT) received his PhD in Sociology, with a Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies, from the University of Missouri in 2011. He has authored more than fifteen articles and book chapters, as well as three books. His latest book, Are Racists Crazy? (NYU Press, 2016), has been featured in The New Yorker, Pacific Standard, and Slate magazine.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Intersectionality in affective labor; intersectionality in housing insecurity




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Jay Watson, Ph.D.

Howry Chair of Faulkner Studies and Professor of English

Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies Jay Watson, a native of Athens, Georgia, received his B.A. degree from the University of Georgia (1983) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University (1985, 1989). He joined the English department in 1989 and was promoted to Professor of English in 2007. During the 2002-2003 academic year he served as Visiting Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, and he has since been honored with the UM Faculty Achievement Award (2012), the UM Liberal Arts Professor of the Year award (2014), and the UM Humanities Teacher of the Year award (2014), and in 2013 he was a finalist for the Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year Award. His publications include two monographs, Forensic Fictions: The Lawyer Figure in Faulkner (U of Georgia P, 1993) and Reading for the Body: The Recalcitrant Materiality of Southern Fiction, 1893-1985 (U of Georgia P, 2012), and seven edited or coedited collections: Conversations with Larry Brown (UP of Mississippi, 2007), Faulkner and Whiteness (UP of Mississippi, 2011), Faulkner’s Geographies (UP of Mississippi, 2015), Fifty Years after Faulkner (UP of Mississippi, 2015), Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas (UP of Mississippi, 2016), Faulkner and History (UP of Mississippi, 2017), and Faulkner and Print Culture (UP of Mississippi, 2017). His articles on southern literature and film, law and humanities, and psychoanalytic theory have appeared or will appear in PMLA, American Quarterly, American Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, American Imago, Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Quarterly, The Faulkner Journal, The Flannery O’Connor Review, The Cormac McCarthy Journal, and numerous other journals and essay collections, including American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary, Faulkner and the Media Ecology, The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction after 1945, William Faulkner in Context, Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Cormac McCarthy, and the Cambridge History of the Literature of the U.S. South. He was a co-founder and, from 1995 to 2000, co-editor of Journal x: A Journal in Culture and Criticism. From 2009 to 2012 he served as President of the William Faulkner Society, and since 2012 he has directed the annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha conference at the University of Mississippi. He and his wife, Susan, have two children, Katherine and Judson.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Gender and sexuality in the US South, Southern women's writing





Nancy Wicker, Ph.D.

Interim Chair and Professor of Art and Art History

I am an art historian and archaeologist, and my interdisciplinary research focuses on the art of Scandinavia during the Early Medieval Period, from the Migration Period of the 5th and 6th centuries through the Viking Age, c. 750–1100. I have co-edited three books on gender and archaeology, including Situating Gender in European Archaeologies (2010), and I have also published on female infanticide during the Viking Age. Currently I am investigating patrons and clients who sponsored or purchased Viking art, artists and artisans who made the works, women and men who used and viewed the objects, and also the humans and anthropomorphic deities who were the subjects depicted in Viking-Age art. I have been a Visiting Professor at Uppsala University and I am the first woman elected to foreign membership in the Philosophical-historical Section of the Royal Society of Humanities at Uppsala, Sweden. I am also the first (and only) American chosen for membership in the Sachsensymposion, an international archaeological society. My research has been supported by fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, as well as grants from several American and Scandinavian funding agencies. Currently I am a Co-Chair of the international working party, Archaeology of Gender in Europe, and I serve on the Editorial Board for Gesta, the journal of the International Center of Medieval Art. I am a co-director of Project Andvari, an international collaborative project supported by two Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The goal of this project is to create a free digital portal that will provide online integrated access to dispersed collections of early medieval (4th–12th centuries) artifacts of northern Europe.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Gender in European archaeology, Infanticide world-wide, Representations of women in ancient and medieval art




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Caroline Wigginton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Caroline Wigginton is associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi. She is the author of In the Neighborhood: Women’s Publication in Early America (Massachusetts 2016) and the co-editor of Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions (Oxford 2012). She is currently at work on a new book, Indigenuity: Native Craftwork and the Material of Early American Books, which examines the aesthetic, material, and imaginative influence of Native craftwork on American book history and decorative arts manuals. With Alyssa Mt. Pleasant and Kelly Wisecup, she co-edited a joint special issue forum for the William and Mary Quarterly and Early American Literature on Materials and Methods in Native and Indigenous Studies. Her publications have appeared in numerous journals and collections.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Early American and Nineteenth-Century Women's Literatures; Indigenous Queer and Gender Studies; Histories of Feminism and Women's Activism




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Jessica Wilkerson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies

Jessica Wilkerson teaches and writes about Appalachia, the South, and the history of women and gender in the United States. She is an assistant professor of history and southern studies, regularly teaching courses on U.S. women's history, oral history methods, gender and sexuality in the South, and U.S. social movements. She is the author of To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice (University of Illinois Press, 2019). She has also contributed to Rewire News, 100 Days in Appalachia, and Longreads.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Women's labor and activism, gender and sexuality in the South and Appalachia




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Amanda Winburn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education

Amanda Winburn, Ph.D., SB-RPT, NCSC, NCC is currently serving as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education. Dr. Winburn has over a decade of experience working with children in various settings. Dr. Winburn is a licensed educator, counselor, and administrator. Over the last 8 years, she has been actively involved in play therapy at the University of Mississippi both at the clinical setting as well as actively conducting research within the field. Other research interest include school counseling, wellness, and advocacy.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Educators and Advocacy




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Kenya Wolff, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Kenya Wolff grew up in East Africa as the daughter of an anthropologist and a teacher/missionary. She credits this unique upbringing for exposing her to academia and the transformative power of education and service. Dr. Wolff, joined Ole Miss as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in 2016. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Chaminade University (Honolulu), a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Woman's University and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas. Dr. Wolff teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in early childhood education.Dr. Wolff ‘s experience as a classroom teacher and administrator allows her to bring real-world knowledge to the students she teaches at Ole Miss. Dr. Wolff’s research utilizes critical qualitative methodologies and focuses on social justice across various social contexts of childhood. For example, her dissertation research examined corporate marketing as central curriculum for today’s globalized child. She has written several subsequent articles on marketing to young children and the impact materialism has on children within today’s globalized world. She currently has several studies underway, including one on the use of yoga in preschool settings, a study on teacher perceptions of gender and sexuality in early childhood and an investigation on administrative decisions to recommend alternative schools for young children.In addition to research, Dr. Wolff currently holds a position on the editorial board for the Southern Early Childhood Association Journal, Dimensions and serves as an associate editor for the journal, International Critical Childhood Studies. She is also mother to Grace (16) and Ethan (12) who inspire her daily to strive for a more just and equitable world for children everywhere.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Gender in Education, Gender in Marketing





Peter Wood, Ph.D.

Instructional Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film

Peter is theatre scholar, teacher, director, and sound designer. As a scholar, he is deeply invested in understanding how the stories people tell themselves—through drama, film, performance, and history—shape human behavior and thought. His research focuses on cross-cultural avant-garde, cognitive science, popular culture, and gender within the US, Europe, and Japan during the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition to theatre, he also does occasional web and graphic design, dramatic and fiction writing, and composes electronic/ambient music. Samples of his work can be found at 

Peter's central focus on GWS issues is on how gender is represented in popular culture and he has published on gender representation in film (Aliens), and theatre (Into the Woods). He is also working to do more to bring attention to women avant-garde and experimental performance artists by teaching on the subject in the fall of 2018 and has begun researching a number of issues related to polyamory/consensual non-monogamy and theatre/performance.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Gender is representations in popular culture, women's avant-garde






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Ann Abadie, Ph.D.

Associate Director Emerita, Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Ann Abadie received her bachelor’s degree in English and History from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Abadie earned her doctorate in English from the University of Mississippi, where she later served on the committee that planned the Center for the Study of Southern Culture (CSSC). Since the CSSC’s debut in 1977, she has served crucial roles, including associate director, as well as associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture and Mississippi Encyclopedia. For the first decade of its existence, Abadie served on the SFA’s board of directors. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Gloria Kellum, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor Emerita of University Relations and Professor Emerita of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Gloria Kellum is married to Jerry Kellum, and they have two daughters, Kate Kellum married to Jason Finch, and Kelly Kellum Weems is married to William Weems. They have three grandchildren, Cecilia Grace, Bennett Basil, and Sophie Maelynn Weems. Dr. Kellum retired as the Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Mississippi in June 2009. With Chancellor Robert Khayat and a team of alumni and UM staff, she helped coordinate the Commitment to Excellence Campaign which raised more than $525.9M for Ole Miss. She coordinated development, public relations and special events and completed directing the $240 million MomentUM Campaign in December 2008. She has taught at Ole Miss for more than 40 years and, in 1975, received the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. In addition to teaching and research, she has been active in state and national professional organizations. She received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology from Louisiana State University. In 2004, she was inducted into LSU’s Alumni Hall of Distinction. In 2011, she received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the highest honor given by this national organization.

Gloria has been active in her church and many nonprofit organizations in Oxford and Northeast Mississippi. She continues to consult with the University of Mississippi Development and Foundation. In addition, she is an active grandmother who spends a good bit of time in New Orleans with her grandchildren.


Elizabeth Payne, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of History

Professor Payne is the author of Reform, Labor, and Feminism: Margaret Drier Robbins and the Women’s Trade Union League (University of Illinois Press, 1988), which explores how, in the early 20th century, working women and wealthy and middle-class allies joined together in the Women’s Trade Union League to unionize women workers, bring their problems to public attention, and secure protective legislation. She is also a co-editor of Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, Volume 1 (University of Georgia Press, 2003) and Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, Volume 2 (University of Georgia Press, 2010). Volume 1 of Mississippi Women enriched our understanding of women’s roles in the state’s history through profiles of notable, though often neglected, individuals. Volume 2 explores the historical forces that have shaped women’s lives in Mississippi.

Additionally, Professor Payne has worked on a variety of oral history projects about women in North Mississippi which include:

An oral history project that interviewed women in North Mississippi, mostly in Union County, to learn about their lives and experiences growing up in the region.

A documentary film on the women of North Mississippi.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: American Progressivism, Women, Religion



Sheila Skemp, Ph.D.

Clare Leslie Marquette Professor Emerita of American History

Sheila Skemp received her B.A. in History from the University of Montana in 1967, and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa in 1974. After having taught at a number of colleges and universities in the Midwest and the Northeast, she came to the University of Mississippi in 1980. She served for two years as Acting Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women. Her book-length publications include, William Franklin: Son of a PatriotServant of a King (Oxford, 1990); Benjamin and William Franklin: Father and Son, Patriot and Loyalist (Bedford, 1994): Judith Sargent Murray: A Brief Biography with Documents (Bedford, 1998); and First Lady of Letters: Judith Sargent Murray and the Struggle for Women’s Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). In 2009, Professor Skemp received the University’s Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching and Research. She has been the Clare Leslie Marquette Professor of American History since 2008. She has also been designated an OAH Distinguished Lecturer for the academic years 2010-2013.

Gender Studies -Related Research Interests: Colonial and Revolutionary America, Intellectual, Women



Debra Brown Young, Ph.D.

Associate Dean Emerita, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Dr. Debra Young earned her Ph.D. in English from Tulane University in 1986.  Her M.A. in English is from the University of Alabama, and she is a graduate of Mississippi State (B.S. English Education).  From 1986 – 1995 she was a member of the English department at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, serving as department chair from 1992-1995.  A native Oxonian, Dr. Young came home to Oxford in 1995, working first in the Office of Research and then joining the Honors College in 2000.  Initially charged with facilitating the University’s participation in national scholarship competitions, Dr. Young worked with students winning (and not winning) Fulbright, Gates, Goldwater, Mitchell, Marshall, Rhodes, and Udall scholarships.  In 2015, she passed “national scholarships” along to Mr. Tim Dolan, and now oversees the SMBHC’s evolving curricular and extracurricular interest in water security, as well as assisting in advising students and overseeing SMBHC efforts to explore 21st-century configurations for honors and 21st-century opportunities for honors students.