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.
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.
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.
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.
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.