Barbara McCaskill on Georgia Public Television

Barbara McCaskill

Professor Barbara McCaskill is featured in videos about the Albany Movement and activist John Lewis for Georgia Public Television's new Civil Rights Movement curricular site. Cosponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, this virtual learning site collects images, music, maps, archival documents, artwork, videos and photographs that tell the story about the Movement in Georgia and the US. 

Rosenbaum secures NEH grant

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Dr Susan Rosenbaum and her collaborators at Davidson College have secured a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde (, their online digital exploration of Mina Loy's position within modernist avant-garde movements like Dadaism, Futurism, and Surrealism. You can read the NEH press release at  

Congratulations to our Graduating MA and PhD Students!

Our newly minted PhDs with their major advisors

The University of Georgia English Department is thrilled to announce that twelve students have graduated with an MA or a PhD in English in Spring 2017.  The graduates are listed below, with conferred degree, dissertation or thesis title, and the members of their committees.

John Bazzle
"Deep Video"
Committee members: McKnight, Henken, Zawacki, Pizzino

Elizabeth Cunningham
“Women & Children”
Committee members: Zawack, Pavlic, Rasula

Writing Intensive Program brings local students to campus

Madison Garrett leads a group of Cleveland Road Elementary School students in a writing exercise

The UGA English Department's Writing Intensive Program, directed by Dr Lindsey Harding, brought a group of Cleveland Road Elementary School students to campus this spring to work with the department's undergrads and to engage in a writing workshop of their own. Dr Harding has been working all year with these students, who are enrolled in the Clarke County School District's English to Speakers of Other Languages program, helping them improve their written English skills.

In Memoriam: Lance Wilder

Lance Wilder, courtesy of Leslie Petty

The English Department at the University of Georgia is deeply saddened to announce the death of one of its longtime members. Dr. Lance Wilder, Senior Lecturer in the department, was also an alumnus, having come to UGA to work on his doctorate after completing a bachelor’s degree in English at Furman University (1992) and a master’s at Baylor University (1995). He wrote his dissertation, “Dark Wanderers: Gypsies in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry,” under the joint direction of Dr. Tricia Lootens and Dr. Anne Williams at UGA, receiving his Ph.D. in 2004.

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.