English Graduate Student Accomplishments Spring 2017

Johnny Damm's The Science of Things Familiar

The University of Georgia English Department is home to more than 85 M.A. and Ph.D. students, studying a range of creative and critical work—from creative writing to literary to language studies. This wildly accomplished group of students consistently publish, win awards, and achieve other accolades in their fields of study.  Below are a listing self-reported accomplishments from the Spring 2017 semester.

Johnny Damm

PhD Candidate Sarah Mayo Wins Fellowships

Sarah Mayo

Sarah Mayo, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of English, has been awarded the Social Science Research Council’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for her dissertation project “Medical Practice, Medical Performance: Mountebanks in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England.” This project draws on archival resources such as ballads, legal documents, advertisements, and more to historically position mountebanks or performing “quack” doctors in relation to the medical marketplace of early modern England.

Dr Barbara McCaskill featured in Columns

Barbara McCaskill helps English major Laura Essex with a project during her literary magazine editing class. Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski

Barbara McCaskill's parents grew up in the segregated South under Jim Crow laws.

They knew the value of an education and wanted their children to take advantage of the opportunities they were afforded as a result of the civil rights movement, so they instilled the value of history, literature and education in their children, something McCaskill credits for her 25-year career at UGA.

Barbara McCaskill Receives MLK Award

Dr McCaskill with the award

The University of Georgia presented the "President's Fulfilling the Dream Award" to Dr. Barbara McCaskill and three other members of the university and Athens communities at the annual MLK Freedom Breakfast on 13 January 2017. This award recognizes outstanding community service, honoring Dr. McCaskill's role in developing the department's multicultural curriculum, her many books and publications, her work in the community, and her courses for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.