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Sidonia Serafini

PhD Student
FYW Instructor

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Park Hall 104

Sidonia Serafini is a doctoral student and First-year Writing instructor. Her research centers on post-Reconstruction and early twentieth-century African American literature and the periodical press and multiethnic women’s writing.

Sidonia's research examines Hampton Institute's organ, the Southern Workman (1872-1939), and the writings placed in this publication by figures across races, cultures, and nations. Her article, "Black, White, and Native: The Multiracial Writing Community of Hampton Institute's the Southern Workman," was recently published by The Southern Quarterly (Winter 2019). Sidonia's work also focuses on the early short fiction of writer and educator, Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935), with an emphasis on how her works address historical memory and cultural citizenship. Sidonia collaborated 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 (c. 1860-1909). This project is forthcoming from UGA Press (June 2020). During the summer of 2018, Sidonia curated the Hargrett Special Collections exhibit on the Georgia convict lease system, on display from July-December 2019. She also curated Hargrett's centennial exhibit on the history of women's suffrage, on display from January-June 2020.

In addition to academic activities, Sidonia's university leadership has included service as a PhD and MA Graduate Representative in the Department of English. Sidonia has served as a mentor with the Pathway to Graduate School Program hosted by the Office of Graduate Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives as well as a local school mentor for Athens-Clarke County's Mentor Program.


M.A. in English, University of Georgia, 2017

B.A. in English, Flagler College, 2014



With UGA Prof. Barbara McCaskill and PhD student Kelly P. Dugan, received a two-year grant to hold two symposia on early black activism, in Birmingham, UK, and Athens, GA; supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Global Georgia Program of the UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, 2019-2021


Research travel grant from The Literary Encyclopedia, 2018


Honorable Mention, 2020 Outstanding Public History Project Award for exhibit, "The New South and the New Slavery: Convict Labor in Georgia," National Council on Public History (NCPH)

R. Baxter Miller Award in African American and Multicultural Literature, 2018

Certificate of Merit from UGA's Institute for African American Studies, 2016


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