Jill M. Abney

Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator of the Social Studies Licensure Program

Jill M. Abney is a modern European historian specializing in British gender, class, and politics.  She joined the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi in 2016 after completing her doctorate at the University of Kentucky that same year.   She received her B.A. from Transylvania University and her M.A. from Eastern Kentucky University before completing her Ph.D. 

Prior to graduate school, she taught five years of high school social studies in Madison County, Kentucky.  While completing her doctorate, Dr. Abney taught part-time at the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, and Jefferson Community and Technical College.  Dr. Abney’s research examines the rhetorical construction of gender as it relates to class and access to political power in Victorian Britain.  Her essay, Lambs to the Slaughter, on Juvenile Crime in Nineteenth Century Britain, was co-winner of the 2010 Snell Prize, presented by the European Section of the Southern Historical Association.  She has also contributed to a chapter in Provocations:  A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought, published by the University of California Press.

Dr. Abney trains history majors seeking state licensure to teach social studies.  She is the coordinator of the Social Studies Licensure Program and the university supervisor for social studies student teachers.