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Dr. Daniel Capper received the 2021 Innovation Award for Multidisciplinary Research by the Office of the Vice President for Research at USM.

Dr. Olivia Clare received the 2021 Innovation Award for Creative Research by the Office of the Vice President for Research at USM.

Corrine Dekkers (PhD candidate in English) named to the USM Graduate School Hall of Fame.

Rachael Fowler (PhD candidate in English) received the 2021 Innovation Award for Graduate Research by the Office of the Vice President for Research at USM.

Dr. Monika Gehlawat received the 2021 Innovation Award for Basic Research by the Office of the Vice President for Research at USM.

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

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

Dr. Rebecca Tuuri has been named the 2021 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year.



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

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


Dr. Angela Ball had a poem included in the Pandemic issue of Conch, edited by Ishmael Reed, in May. She also has poems forthcoming in Bennington Review, The Laurel Review, and Birmingham Poetry Review.

Dr. Daniel Capper has published “How Venus Became Cool: Social and Moral Dimensions of Biosignature Science"
_Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science_ online May 2021 (pay version)
An authorized, free, and view-only version of this article can be found here.
Dr. Douglas Chambers has a forthcoming piece in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia.

Dr. Olivia Clare has published her short story, "January". (The American Scholar).

Dr. Bradley Phillis co-edited The Cursed Carolers in Context, published by Routledge & CRC Press.

Dr. Deanne Stephens published her book The Mississippi Gulf Coast Seafood Industry. (University Press of Mississippi)

Dr. Eric Tribunella's A de Grummond Primer: Highlights of the Children's Literature Collection, co-edited with Dr. Carolyn Brown and Dr. Ellen Ruffin, will be published this spring by the University Press of Mississippi.

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. Christopher Foley has been named the William Winter Scholar, Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration.

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.


2021 Student Awards and Scholarships

School of Humanities Student Awards Ceremony 2020-2021


Undergraduate - English

Florence Burrow Pope Endowed Scholarship in English Literature
Kaylee Brown

Howard Wilson and Helen V. Bahr Scholarship Endowment (Best Undergraduate Student Essay)
Kelsey Bailey

Howard W. Bahr Achievement Scholarship Endowment
Katie Weber

Janet Sims English Scholarship Endowment 
Anna Schruff

Mary Maude T. Jordan Scholarship Endowment
Lindsey Hughes

Nelma and Marlin Ivey English Scholarship
Julianna Burke

Shannon O'Hara and Henry Mackaman English Scholarship Endowment
Fiction Writing: Abigail Jordan
Poetry Writing: Collin Nelson
Wilbur and Polly Stout English Scholarship Endowment
Alexandria Meyers
Roman Stokes


Undergraduate - History 

Claude E. Fike Scholarship
Ronald Smith
Dr. Kenneth G. McCarty History Scholarship
Heather Haslem

Dr. John E. Gonzales Senior Award 
Miranda Jarreau
Dr. John E. Gonzales Undergraduate Scholarship
Samantha McDonald

Dr. John E. Gonzales History Scholarship Endowment - Study Abroad
Emily Graves
Cheyla Muñoz Ramos

John E. Wallace Award
Heather Haslem
Nolena Love Stephens Secondary Education History Licensure Memorial Annual Scholarship
Daniel Davis
Outstanding Senior in International Studies
Helen Greene
Outstanding Student Teacher Award
Sarah King
Treadwell Davis Award
Shannon Hollister

Dale Center for the Study of War and Society Awards

Jack Lucas Award
Maggie Neupert
Virginia Culpepper Memorial Award
AJ Blaylock
Katie Newsome

Undergraduate - Philosophy

Clayton and Mae Sullivan Award
Myla Buras
Forrest Wood Philosophy Scholarships
Outstanding Philosophy Student - Emma Cox
Excellence in Philosophy Award - Nicholas Bennett


Graduate - English

Howard Wilson and Helen V. Bahr Scholarship Endowment
Corrine Dekkers
Jack Hoda
Kayla Schreiber
John Tobin
Elizabeth Weeks
James Sims Award
Marisa Mills

 Linwood E. Orange Award
Matthew Moniz
Stanley Hauer Excellence in Teaching Award
Marisa Mills


Center for Writers awards

Ben Mounger Rawls Award for Excellence in Creative Writing
 Gerard Duncan Jr.
Garth A. Avant Memorial Endowment
Jordan James
Dr. Jeremy Lespi Memorial English Scholarship Endowment
Aaron Cohen
Joan Johnson Writing Award in Fiction
Apoorva Mittal
Joan Johnson Writing Award in Poetry
Mary Leauna Christensen
Miranda Merklein Award for Graduating Fiction Writer
Bryana Fern
Miranda Merklein Award for Graduating Poet
Kevin Thomason

Graduate - History

Jay Washam Memorial Scholarship
Hayley Hasik
Phi Alpha Theta Award
Justin Major

Dale Center for the Study of War and Society Awards

Carroll Warren and Parker History Scholarship Endowment
Maeve Losen
Colonel W. Wayde Bensen (USMC ret.) Fellowship
Hayley Hasik
Lamar Powell Graduate War & Society Scholarship

Hayley Hasik


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