MemberJonathan Harwell

…MA in Social Science, Georgia Southern University

MLIS, The University of Alabama

BA with Honors, English, minor in Spanish, University of Southern Mississippi…

Jonathan H. Harwell is Head of Collections & Systems at Rollins College, and was previously a librarian at Georgia Southern University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Berry College. He holds an MLIS from The University of Alabama, an MA in Social Science from Georgia Southern University, and a BA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. In his former life, he was a teacher in Albania for two years. His passions include researching the cultural history of Quakers in the American South.

MemberRebecca Long

Rebecca Long holds in music theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well as degrees in music theory from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Arkansas. Rebecca has previously taught at the University of Houston and Mars Hill University. Her dissertation focuses on early- and mid-eighteenth century sonata forms and describes what she calls “extrinsic phrases”—a generic term for post-medial caesura (but pre-secondary theme) insertions in sonata form movements.

MemberCorinne Kennedy

…Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History, 2007

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Master of Information and Library Science, 2013

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Graduated Summa cum Laude…

Corinne Kennedy serves as Assistant Professor/Humanities Librarian atMississippi State University (MSU).  Previously, she was employed in the Architecture Library at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) from 2010 – 2017.  She graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2007 with a bachelor’s in fine arts in Art History. Ms. Kennedy went on to receive a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2013, graduating with honors.  Her research and teaching interests incorporate the use of images to teach advanced research skills.  Recently, she completedthe National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities: Textual Data and Digital Texts in the Undergraduate Classroom.  Currently, Ms. Kennedy resides in Starkville, MS, USA.  

MemberDaniel Capper

…University Of Southern Mississippi…

Daniel Capper, Ph.D., since 2000 has been a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches Asian, Native American, and comparative religions. His interdisciplinary research, arising from anthropological, psychological, and environmental science perspectives, explores religious interactions with the nonhuman natural world. His many publications include the books <Guru Devotion and the American Buddhist Experience> and <Learning Love from a Tiger: Religious Experiences with Nature>.  Currently he is working on a project to extend Buddhist environmental ethics to space issues such as orbiting debris and mining on our moon, as can be found at the web site  

MemberTara L. McLellan Gilstrap

I am a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in English at The University of Mississippi. I earned my B.A. in English from Millsaps College and my M.A. in English from The University of Iowa. I have served on the American Studies Association Students’ Committee and as a graduate representative to the Executive Board of the Southern American Studies Association. I attended the Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute in 2009 and Heidelberg University’s American Studies Spring Academy in 2013. My dissertation, “We’ve a Story to Tell to the World”: Pentecostalisms in the Contemporary Literatures of the Global South, studies the motif of Pentecostalism in recent fiction from the Black Atlantic.

MemberSondra Bickham Washington

…Expected May 2020 – Ph.D. in African American Literature, University of Alabama

Dissertation Title: “‘(Re)Consider Me’: Black Girl-Women in African American Literature”

2014 – M.A. in Literature, University of Alabama at Birmingham

1998 – M.S. in Public Relations, University of Southern Mississippi

1997 – B.A. in English, Louisiana State University, Minor in Asian Studies (Japanese)…

Sondra Bickham Washington is a fourth year doctoral student in African American literature at the University of Alabama. Her doctoral research investigates depictions of black girlhood and the development of female children and adolescents in African American literature. She expects to graduate May 2020.

MemberJeanne L. Gillespie

Dr. Jeanne Gillespie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Purdue, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies with concentrations in Anthropology and Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in Spanish with a concentration in Colonial Latin American Literature from the Arizona State University.Gillespie has published in peer-reviewed venues on Spanish colonial literary and cultural studies as well as in several areas related to innovative pedagogies and interdisciplinary inquiry. Her current research passion is the documentation of plant materials and healing practices in indigenous Mexican documents, especially poetic and dramatic texts that were collected during the Spanish colonial administration. In conjunction with that research avenue, she is preparing an article on women’s voices in the Iberian colonial record that examines Native American women whose words and accounts have been recorded in Spanish documents.Gillespie is also working on an article examining the letters to and from the Duchess of Aveiro, Maria Guadalupe de Lencastre, a driving force in the Jesuit missionary endeavors in Latin America and Asia. She is preparing a book manuscript Performing Spanish Louisiana: Isleño Décimas and the Narratives of St. Bernard Parish, an analysis of Isleño texts, images, and folklore from this Spanish-speaking community in south Louisiana. Gillespie exhibits a passion for finding fascinating stories and rendering them into accessible narratives for reflection and further investigation. She also actively participates in the dissemination of innovations in teaching and learning, including collaborative and integrative learning, online learning, digital initiatives, study abroad and other experiential learning pedagogies. She has taught courses at all levels of Spanish language and cultures. In addition, she teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies program and in Interdisciplinary Studies. Gillespie is married to musician, John Palensky and is the mother of three vivacious children. Her home is filled with good food, great music and much love.