2022-2023 faculty and student achievements in the humanities and arts

Natalie Navarette
Natalie Navarette became UGA’s latest Rhodes Scholar.

Humanities and arts faculty and students at UGA continued to showcase the world-class quality of their research, teaching, and public engagement during the 2022-23 academic year, once again collecting highly competitive national and international honors and awards across a variety of fields. Below is a sampling of their accomplishments. If you have received a major grant, fellowship, or prize in the humanities and arts and are not listed here, please let us know. We would love to share the news of your success.


• The university’s latest Rhodes Scholar is Natalie Navarette, a Morehead Honors College student and Foundation Fellow majoring in international affairs, Russian, and Spanish, with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

• Elise Karinshak, a senior Foundation Fellow in the Honors College with a minor in studio art in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, was awarded a Schwarzman Scholarship to pursue a one-year master’s degree in global affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

• The University of Georgia was named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students, a recognition given by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to the U.S. institutions that received the highest number of Fulbright offers. The majority of UGA students who earned Fulbrights include the humanities and arts in their areas of study.

• Susan Rosenbaum, associate professor of English, was awarded the 2022 Modern Language Association Prize for Collaborative, Bibliographical, or Archival Scholarship with her partners from Davidson College and Duquesne University, for their work on the digital scholarly platform Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde.

• Barbara McCaskill, professor of English and associate academic director of the Willson Center, is the principal investigator of a grant awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation for “Gullah Visions: St. Helena Island Through the Works of Self-Taught Artist Sam Doyle,” an art exhibit that will be mounted in Fall 2023 at the York W. Bailey Museum of the Penn Center National Historic Landmark District on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.

• Jennifer L. Palmer, associate professor of history, was awarded a Franklin Research Grant by the American Philosophical Society.

• Isiah Lavender, Sterling Goodman Professor in the department of English, earned a Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts.

• Aruni Kashyap, associate professor of English and director of Creative Writing Program in the Franklin College, was awarded one of 22 Literature Translation Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

• Katie Geha, galleries director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, secured a grant of $60,000 from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support an exhibition in the Athenaeum, the university’s downtown art space. The exhibition, Fabienne Lasserre: Listeners, will open during the 2023-2024 academic year.

• Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, professor of language and literacy education in the Mary Frances Early College of Education, organized an NEA Big Read of Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky, which included a series of community-wide events in May.

• The Georgia Review has received an award of $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to help support its publications for 2023.