Isom Center Fellows to present research on gender and sexuality  

The Isom Fellows will discuss their ongoing research projects related to gender and sexuality during a poster session on Sept. 25th at 3 p.m. in the Ford Ballroom at the Inn at Ole Miss.

Isom Fellows are chosen by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies. The two-year program supports research projects conducted by UM faculty in the areas of gender and sexuality. The funding can be used for summer research support, research and conference travel, grant-writing support, student research assistance, and organizing conferences or symposia.

These fellowships are made possible by continued support from the Office of the Provost. “We are deeply grateful for the Provost’s embrace of interdisciplinary work in gender and sexuality, across the humanities and social sciences,” said Dr. Jamie Harker, Isom Center director.

Seed grants such as these are crucial to the success of interdisciplinary research projects. “These opportunity grants are an investment in our faculty that have tremendous results, both in the creation of knowledge and in the development of research projects eligible for larger grant support,” Harker said.

Harker emphasized that interdisciplinary work in gender and sexuality has never been more relevant and important, as the #metoo movement, among other cultural phenomena, clearly shows.

Investing in this scholarship will also strengthen the University of Mississippi’s reputation as a destination for scholars and students interested in the study of gender and sexuality, which Harker said is an essential component of the University’s R1 status as a research institution.

The first cohort of Isom Fellows was chosen in 2018 and includes seven faculty members. The program’s inaugural fellows are Alysia Steele, assistant professor of multiplatform journalism; Rhona Justice-Malloy, professor of theatre arts; Susan Allen, associate professor of political science; Peter Wood, instructional assistant professor of theatre arts; Catherine Kilgore, adjunct instructor of law; Amanda Winburn, assistant professor of counselor education; and Kenya Wolff, assistant professor of early childhood education.

Members of the second cohort was named earlier this year. The program’s 2019-2021 fellows are Francis D. Boateng, assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology; Deidra Fay Jackson, visiting instructor of writing and rhetoric; Tess Lefmann, assistant professor of social work; Gregory J. Love, associate professor of political science; Amy McDowell, assistant professor of sociology; and Jessica Wilkerson, assistant professor of sociology.

To learn more about the Isom Fellows or their projects, visit

Kevin Cozart