Assistant Professor and Nina Bell Suggs Professor
Allison Abra joined the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Dr. Abra received a BA from the University of Manitoba and an MA from Queen’s University, before venturing south of the border to complete a PhD at the University of Michigan. A specialist in modern British history, she offers courses on a range of topics in British, European, and world history. She is also affiliate faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and a fellow in the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society.
Dr. Abra’s research interests include the history of popular culture, women’s and gender history, and the history of war and society. Her forthcoming book, Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation, and National Identity in Britain, 1918-50, looks at the experience and representation of popular dance in early twentieth-century Britain. Dancing in the English Style will be published by Manchester University Press in 2017, as part of its series “Studies in Popular Culture.” She has also begun preliminary research for a second project on the relationship between leisure and citizenship in wartime Britain.
Dr. Abra has been recognized for both her teaching and scholarship. She has been nominated for several teaching awards, and her first article, “Doing the Lambeth Walk: Novelty Dances and the British Nation” was awarded the Duncan Tanner Essay Prize by the peer-reviewed journal 20th Century British History. In 2016, Dr. Abra was named Nina Bell Suggs Professor, an endowed professorship for junior faculty members of outstanding merit, selected from across the University of Southern Mississippi.