Dr. Jaime Harker (R) with wife Dixie Grimes before the inaugural Pride Parade in 2016

Dr. Jaime Harker (R) with wife Dixie Grimes before the inaugural Pride Parade in 2016

Jaime Harker, Ph.D.

Director and Professor of English

Jaime Harker holds a PhD in English from Temple University and teaches American literature, gay and lesbian literature, and gender studies. She has published essays on Japanese translation, popular women writers of the interwar period, Oprah’s book club, and and Cold War gay literature. The author of America the Middlebrow: Women’s Novels, Progressivism, and Middlebrow Authorship Between the Wars and Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America, and the co-editor of The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah’s Book Club , 1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced Heritage, and This Book is an Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics.  She is on the editorial board of Pickering and Chatto Publishers Book Series “Literary Texts and the Popular Marketplace” and is currently finishing a book on Southern lesbian feminism and feminist print culture.

Theresa Starkey, Ph.D.

Associate Director and Instructional Assistant Professor of Gender Studies

Kevin Cozart, M.A.

Operations Coordinator

Kevin Cozart joined our staff in July 2007 as a staff assistant. A native Mississippian, he has been a member of the University’s staff since 2004 and has served on the the University’s Staff Council, advisor for the UM Pride Network,  president of the Graduate Student Council, and currently is co-director of the ALLIES program. A UM gradate, Kevin holds Master’s degrees in Journalism with an Integrated Marketing Communications emphasis and Higher Education and Student Personnel. He also teaches a section of the First Year Experience Class (EDHE 105), Academic Skills for College (EDHE 101 & 303), and Gender Studies classes. His research interests focus on gender and sexuality with regards to mass media and journalism as a gendered organization.


Ellis Starkey

VISTA Volunteer