2020-2021 Faculty Achievements and Awards

The University of Georgia faculty and graduate students in the humanities and arts have great success at winning awards and fellowships from national and international organizations. Here are a few highlights from the 2020-2021 academic year.

A more exhaustive list of recent external grants, fellowships, and awards is available here.

External Fellowships

Cindy Hahamovitch (Department of History), Guggenheim Fellowship for 2021

Chana Kai Lee (Department of History), Warren Center Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University

Cassia Roth (Department of History), NEH Fellowship for 2021

Sidionia Serafini (PhD candidate, Department of English) and Jorge A. García-Granados (PhD candidate, Romance Languages), Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships for 2021.


External Awards, Honors, and Achievements

Mark Abbe (Lamar Dodd School of Art) was named a scholar in residence at the J. Paul Getty Museum for summer 2021.

Claudio Saunt (Department of History) published his 2020 book Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory, which won the Bancroft Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, in addition to being named to year-end best lists by many publications including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly.

Liza Stepanova (Hugh Hodgson School of Music) released the 2020 solo piano album E Pluribus Unum.

Gerald Maa (The Georgia Review) won a 2021 NEA Grant for Arts Projects.

Susan Rosenbaum (Department of English), co-director of the Interdisciplinary Modernisms Workshop, was awarded Honorable Mention for the Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities with her partners on Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde.

Tracy Barnett (PhD candidate, Department of History) was selected from UGA as a 2021 National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellow.

Kelly Katlin (DMA candidate, Hugh Hodgson School of Music) released her album Backstory in 2021.


2020-2021 UGA award winners in the humanities and arts

The University of Georgia Research Awards, sponsored by the nonprofit University of Georgia Research Foundation, recognize outstanding research and scholarship by UGA faculty and graduate students whose bodies of work have gained broad recognition across many disciplines.

Timothy Adams Jr. (Hugh Hodgson School of Music): University Professor

Rachel Gabara (Department of Romance Languages): Creative Research Award

Nik Heynen (Department of Geography) and Andrew Zawacki (Department of English): Distinguished Research Professors

Liza Stepanova (Hugh Hodgson School of Music): Creative Research Medal

Demi Thomloudis (Lamar Dodd School of Art): Early Career Scholar


The Provost’s Office awarded Emily Sahakian (Theater and Film Studies, and Romance Languages) the 2021 Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


Below: Nik Heynen, Professor, Department of Geography
University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor 2021

(Photo: Rinne Allen)