Sidonia Serafini is a doctoral student and research assistant. Her research focuses on post-Reconstruction and early twentieth-century African American literature and print culture and multicultural women’s writing.
Sidonia's research focuses on Hampton Institute's organ, the Southern Workman, and the writings placed in this publication by figures across races, cultures, and nations. She focuses in particular on the early short fiction of writer and educator, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, with an emphasis on how these works articulate themes of exile, belonging, and cultural citizenship. Sidonia recently presented her analyses of the Workman and Dunbar-Nelson’s work at the October ALA symposium of the Society of the Study of the American Short Story and Penn State’s Celebrating African American Literature and Language Conference on Race and Resistance. Currently, Sidonia is collaborating with Prof. Barbara McCaskill and Rev. Paul Walker of Highgate Baptist Church in Birmingham, England, to construct an edition of the writings of the nineteenth-century activist, Rev. Peter Thomas Stanford. In 2016, Sidonia received a Certificate of Merit from the Institute for African American Studies in recognition of her scholarship on nineteenth-century black print productions.
In addition to academic activities, Sidonia's university leadership has included service as an MA Graduate Representative in the Department of English and as a mentor with the Pathway to Graduate School Program hosted by the Office of Graduate Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives. She is also a local school mentor for Clarke County's Mentor Program.
M.A. in English, University of Georgia, 2017
B.A. in English, Flagler College, 2014