Advisory Board 2017-07-28T15:16:33+00:00

Advisory Board

Margaret Donovan Bauer, author of The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist (University Press of Florida, 1999) and William Faulkner’s Legacy: “what shadow, what stain, what mark” (University Press of Florida, 2005), is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature at East Carolina University and the Editor of the North Carolina Literary Review.  She has published articles in such journals as Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, Southern Studies, Studies in Short Fiction, College Literature, College Language Association Journal, Pembroke Magazine, Crossroads, and South Central Review. She also has essays in Critical Essays on Kate Chopin (G.K. Hall), Ellen Glasgow: New Perspectives (University of Tennessee Press), “on the subject of the feminist business”: Re-Reading Flannery O’Connor (Lang), and Critical Essays on Alice Walker (Greenwood).

Angela Boswell received her B.A. from Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in southern U. S. history from Rice University.  She is associate professor at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where she has been teaching since 1997.  Her first book, Her Act and Deed: Women’s Lives in a Rural Southern County, 1837-73, (Texas A&M University Press, October 2001) won the Liz Carpenter Award for the best scholarly book on the history of women and Texas for the year 2001, presented by the Texas State Historical Association.  Since then, she has worked on two edited collections of essays in southern women’s history, the fifth and sixth volumes of the Southern Women’s Series.  Searching for Their Places: Women in the South across Four Centuries, the fifth volume co-edited with Thomas H. Appleton, Jr., was published in June 2003 by the University of Missouri Press.  Currently, she and Judith McArthur are co-editing the sixth volume scheduled for publication in June 2006.  Her research interests are southern women’s history and the frontier south.  She is currently working on several projects in southern women’s history in Texas and Arkansas, including a survey text on Texas women’s history.  At Henderson, she facilitates the women’s studies reading group and coordinates the women’s history month celebrations every year as faculty advisor to the Women’s History Organization.

Brian Brox is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tulane University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He specializes in American politics, political behavior, campaigns and elections, and political parties. He is the coauthor of “The Roots of 3rd Party Voting: The 2000 Nader Campaign in Historical Perspective” published in Party Politics. His research also appears in the Handbook of Party Politics.

Casey Clabough is the author of the travel memoir The Warrior’s Path:  Reflections Along an Ancient Route, the memoir SCHOOLED:  Life Lessons of a College Professor, the novel Confederado, a collection of women’s Civil War writing, a biography of southern writer George Garrett, six scholarly books on southern and Appalachian writers, nad the latest Idiot’s Guide to Creative Writing.  Clabough serves as editor of the literature section of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ Encyclopedia Virginia, general editor of teh literary journal James Dickey Review, and series editor fo the multi-volume “Best Creative Nonfiction of the South.”  His work has appeared in over a hundred anthologies and magazines, including Creative Nonfiction, the Sewanee Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review.  Clabough’s awards include the Bangladesh International Literary Award, an Artists Grant from the Brazilian Government, and several U.S.-based fellowships.  He lives on a farm in Appomattox, Virginia and runs the English graduate program at Lynchburg College.

Pearson Cross is assistant professor of History and Government at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he teaches classes in American government and political theory.  Before coming to Louisiana, Dr. Cross received a Bachelors degree from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University in Boston.  His research interests are in the areas of race and politics and southern politics.  He is currently writing a book about Louisiana state government with Dr. Alex Aichinger.  Dr. Cross is president of the Louisiana Political Science Association (2004-05) and is much sought after as a commentator on Louisiana politics. Jazz piano is his avocation.

Katherine Henninger is an Assistant Professor of English at Louisiana State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She specializes in Southern literature and culture, 20th Century American literature, and women’s studies. Her articles have appeared in such journals as The Southern Quarterly and Mississippi Quarterly. Her two forthcoming books are titled Ordering the Façade: Photography and the Politics of Representation in Contemporary Southern Women’s Fiction and Beyond the Islands: Extending the Meanings of Caribbean Culture. She is also the co-founder and coordinator of the Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies.

Hubert H. McAlexander is a Professor of English at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He specializes in Southern literature, literary biography, and cultural history. Among his five books are Peter Taylor: A Writer’s Life, A Southern Tapestry: Marshall County, Mississippi, 1835-2000, and The Prodigal Daughter: A Biography of the Nineteenth-Century Regionalist and Feminist Sherwood Bonner. He is presently completing a history of the 2,500 acre tract covered by Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Mississippi from 1541 to the present for the national Audubon Society.

Randy Sanders has been in the history department at Southeastern Louisiana University since 1994.  He received his Ph.D. in history at Louisiana State University in 1998.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Gulf South Historical Association.  The University Press of Florida published his first book, Mighty Peculiar Elections: The New South Gubernatorial Campaigns of 1970 and the Changing Politics of Race (2002).  Sanders received the Arthur W. Thompson Award for Best Article published in the Florida Historical Quarterly in 2002 for his article “Rassling a Governor: Defiance, Desegregation, Claude Kirk and the Politics of Richard Nixon’s Southern Strategy.”  He is currently at work on a book entitled The Georgia Peach and the Sultan of Swat: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and the Character of the American People, 1905-1935.

Jay Watson is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He specializes in Southern literature, the literature of the Vietnam War, and “New Materialist” theory and criticism. His articles have appeared in such journals as American Quarterly and Mississippi Quarterly. He is the author of Forensic Fictions: The Lawyer Figure in Faulkner.

Jeannie Whayne is Chair of the Department of History at the University of Arkansas. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. She specializes in the social and economic history of the South, with a particular emphasis on Arkansas. She is the author of Arkansas: A Narrative History and A New Plantation South: Land, Labor, and Federal Favor in Twentieth Century Arkansas, and co-edited The Governors of Arkansas: Essays in Political Biography.

W. Kirk Wood was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, 1943.  He earned a B.A. degree in History at Frederick College in 1968, followed by an M.A. degree in History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1969.  After service in the U. S. Army between 1969 and 1971, he entered the University of South Carolina in 1971 and completed his Ph.D. in 1978.  His dissertation is entitled “The Union of the States: A Study of Radical Whig-Republican Ideology and its Influence upon the Nation and the South, 1776-1861.”  Dr. Wood has published numerous articles about historians of the past, including U. B. Phillips, Frank L. Owsley, George Bancroft, and Alexis de Tocqueville, and on issues relating to John C. Calhoun and Nullification in South Carolina.  In addition to one book, A Northern Daughter and A Southern Wife (1976), he is currently hoping to publish “James Madison Not the Father of the Constitution: Other Framers and Different Intentions, 1776-1788” and “Nullification, A Constitutional History, 1776-1833” in two volumes.  Dr. Wood has been a Professor of History at Alabama State University since 1986.