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Dr. Joshua Bernstein received the Junior Faculty Creative Activity Award by USM.

Dr. Olivia Clare was named Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor by USM.

Dr. Adam Clay received the Creative Research Award by the Office of the Vice President for Research at USM.

Dr. Monika Gehlawat received the 2020 University Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Andrew Haley has been awarded the 2019-2021 Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Professorship.

Dr. Joyce Inman and Dr. Rebecca Powell received an Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Award for Faculty Excellence as part of their ongoing project to understand student success and failure in first year writing classes.

Dr. Jameela Lares has been named the Graduate Mentor of the Year (2020) by USM's Graduate School and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Office of the Vice President for Research at USM.

Dr. Courtney Luckhardt has been named the Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year.

Jonathan Riccio (PhD candidate in English) received the Graduate Student Research Award by the Office of the Vice President for Research at USM.

Lucas Somers (PhD candidate in History) named to the USM Graduate School Hall of Fame.



Dr. Craig Carey has been named the 2020 Advisor and Mentor of the Year by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jaide Hollingsworth has received the 2020 Staff Service Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.


Dr. Adam Clay published a book of poems called To Make Room for the Sea (Milkweed Editions).

Dr. Michael Dearmey has published a book titled Cosmopolitanism and the Evils of the World (Palgrave Macmillan)

Dr. Monika Gehlawat published a monograph titled In Defense of Dialogue: Reading Habermas and Postwar American Literature (Routledge). 

Dr. Ery Shin has published a book titled Gertrude Stein's Surrealist Years (University of Alabama Press)

Dr. Heather Stur has published a book titled Saigon at War: South Vietnam and the Global Sixties (Cambridge University Press)


Dr. Joshua Haynes received a Clements Fellowship from the University of Michigan Library to conduct research related to his second book project on conflict and colonialism among Native American groups in the 18th century Southeast.

Sarah Anne Hogue (History MA student) was recently awarded an American History Education Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, for her work on colonial American history. 

Dr. Joyce Inman and Dr. Rebecca Powell received a Research Initiative grant from the Conference on College Composition and Communication grant, again for their project titled. “Data and Failure: A Collaborative Study of First-Year Composition.”

Dr. Paula Smithka was elected President of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace organization.

Dr. Susannah Ural received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Collections and Reference Resources grant as part of her ongoing Digital Humanities project to digitize the Civil War Governors of Mississippi papers.


2020 Student Awards and Scholarships  

Undergraduate - English

Wilbur and Polly Stout English Scholarship Endowment
Alec Blaylock
Abigail Jordan

Shannon O'Hara and Henry Mackaman English Scholarship Endowment
Poetry Writing: India Smith
Fiction Writing: Gaven Wallace

Nelma and Marlin Ivey English Scholarship
Jovanne Carr

Mary Maude T. Jordan Scholarship Endowment
Michaela Knight

Janet Sims English Scholarship Endowment
Audrey Cahill

Howard Wilson and Helen V. Bahr Scholarship Endowment (Best Undergraduate Essay)
Case Jaq Jefcoat

Howard W. Bahr Achievement Scholarship Endowment
Lena Kinder

Florence Burrow Pope Endowed Scholarship in English Literature
Claire Brenia


Undergraduate - History 

Dr. John E. Gonzales Senior Award 
Montana Buquoi
Dr. John E. Gonzales Undergraduate Scholarship
Sydnie Billman
Claude E. Fike Scholarship
Sarah Drivon
Dr. Kenneth G. McCarty History Scholarship
Daniel Pierce
Carroll Warren and Parker Scholarship
AJ Blaylock
Will Veazey
Isabel Loya
John E. Wallace Award
Chelsea Clement
Outstanding Senior in International Studies
Gianna Hudson
Outstanding Student Teacher Award
Cameron Borja
Treadwell Davis Award
Tichina Seeden

Undergraduate - Philosophy

Forrest Wood Philosophy Scholarship
Emma Cox
Kennedy Asevado
Ruth Ann Reeves
Outstanding Philosopher Award

Ruth Ann Reeves

Clayton and Mae Sullivan Award
Mathew "Clay" Holzborn
Brady Brock


Graduate - English

James Sims Award
Jordan James

 Linwood Orange Award
Karlie Herndon
Marisa Mills
Stanley Hauer Excellence in Teaching Award
Rachael Fowler


Center for Writers awards

Ben Mounger Rawls Award for Excellence in Creative Writing
 Rachael Fowler
Garth Avant Award in Fiction
Bryana Fern
Joan Johnson Writing Award in Fiction
Jordan James
Miranda Merklein Award for Graduating Fiction Writer
Garrett Ashley
Jeremy Lespi Award in Poetry
Dylan Loring
Garth Avant Award in Poetry
Kevin Thomason
Joan Johnson Writing Award in Poetry
Mary Leauna Christensen
Miranda Merklein Award for Graduating Poet
Jon Riccio

Graduate - History

Jay Washam Memorial Scholarship
Olivia Moore
Lamar Powell Award
Billy Loper
Maeve Losen
Justin Major
Lindsey Stobaugh
Phi Alpha Theta Award
Lucas Somers
Graduate Student Teaching Award
Wesley Hazzard

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