2018 Award WInners

Gray Award for one of the best undergraduate papers:
Caitlin Kennedy, “Vengeance, Violence, and Vigilantism: An Exploration of the 1891 Lynching of Eleven Italian-Americans in New Orleans,” honors thesis in history

Coterie Award for one of the best undergraduate papers:
Liam Nieman, “Image is one Thing: Elvis as an Image of Mississippi”

Ann Abadie Award for the best documentary project
Rachel Childs, for her M.A. radio documentary, “A Body a Day: Constructing Deviance at the Mississippi State Asylum”

Sarah Dixon Pegues Award in the study of southern music
Keerthi Chandrashakar, “Seeing the Blues: Pride and Safety in Dress”

Peter Aschoff Award in the study of southern music
Katherine Howell, “The False Purification of a Hybrid Tradition: A Rhetorical Examination of the Racialized Connotations of Cultural Separation in Blues Authenticity Discourses”

Sue Hart Awards in gender studies
Victoria De Leone, for her thesis film, “Small Batch”
Hooper Schultz, “Family Matters: Amendment 1 and the Fight Over Marriage in North Carolina”

Lucille and Motee Daniels Award for the best project by a first-year graduate student in Southern Studies
Frankie Barrett, “‘S-Town:’ Construction of Place in a Serial Narrative Podcast”

Lucille and Motee Daniels Awards for outstanding Southern Studies M.A. theses
Jacqui Sahagian, “That Same Old Blues Crap: Selling the Blues at Fat Possum Records”
Holly Robinson, “Marketing the Myth: The Racial Commodification and Reclaiming of Aunt Jemima”

2017 Award Winners

Gray Prize for one of the two best papers by SST undergraduates:
Kathryn James, “African American Kitchen Workers in a University of Mississippi Greek House”

Coterie Award for one of the two best papers by SST undergraduates:
Michael George Holman, Jr. “All Things Loved and Unlovable’: Discovering Southern Identity in Black Migration Novels”

Peter Aschoff Award for the best paper in Southern Music:
Will Palmer, “‘Sound’ – A Keyword for Southern Studies”

Ann Abadie Prize for the best documentary project in SST:
Abby Huggins, “Before Me, After Me, Through Me: Stories of Food and Community in Eastern Kentucky”

Sue Hart Award for the best project in Gender Studies in the South
Lauren Veline, “Object of Your Rejection: The Symbolic Annihilation and Recuperation of Queer Identities in Country Music”

Sarah Dixon Pegues Award in Southern Music:
Chris Colbeck, “Southern Sound and Space”

Lucille and Motee Daniels award for the best paper by a 1st year Southern Studies graduate student:
Jacqui Sahagian, for two papers on contemporary blues production

Lucille and Motee Daniels award for the best MA thesis in Southern Studies:
Abby Huggins and Lauren Veline share the award for best MA thesis

2016 Award Winners

Gray Prize for one of the two best papers by SST undergraduates:
Joel Hayes-Davis for “Local Southern Identity as Defined through Foodways”

Coterie Award for one of the two best papers by SST undergraduates:
Anna McCollum, “What is Today’s South?”

Peter Aschoff Award for the best paper in Southern Music:
Mary High, “Sterling Plumpp’s ‘Mississippi Griot’ and Blues Counter Memory.”

Ann Abadie Prize for the best documentary project in SST:
Lauren Veline, “The Rebirth of Water Valley.”

Sue Hart Award for the best project in Gender Studies in the South (two winners this year):
Alicia Pilar Bacon’s undergraduate honors thesis in History, “This Clinic Stays Open: A Comprehensive History of Reproductive Rights in Mississippi, 1966-2015”

Jessie Hotakainen, “Trans Mississippi,” a documentary film

Lucille and Motee Daniels award for the best paper by a 1st year Southern Studies graduate student:
Josh Green, “Peace and the Unsealing of the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Files”

Lucille and Motee Daniels award for the best MA thesis in Southern Studies:
Sarah Holder, “Sookie’s Place(s): New Roadways into the South of the Southern Vampire Mysteries.”

2015 Award Winners

The Gray and Coterie Awards for the best undergraduate papers in Southern Studies classes

Gray Award: Emelda Lee Miller, “Makin’ Whoopee with the Devil, A Brief Contextual Analysis of Bessie Smith’s ‘Devil’s Gonna Get You,’ and Lonnie Johnson’s ‘She’s Makin’ Whoopee in Hell Tonight”

Coterie Award: Frank Kossen, “This Train: Railroads and the Blues”

The Peter Aschoff Prize for the best papers on music of the American South

Yaeko Takada, “Ragtime Piano: Beautiful yet Sinful Music in the 1890s and early 1900s”

Chris Colbeck, “Southern Space and Sound”

Ann Abadie Award for Documentary Studies

Lauren Holt’s exhibit in the Gammill Gallery, “At the Habana Hilton, 1958,” Photographs from the Keating Collection”

Lucille and Motee Daniels Award for the Best Paper

First Year Winner: Irene Van Riper, “Towards Sustainable Community Development in the Mississippi Delta: A Review, Discussion, and Analysis of Two Public Events”

MA Thesis Winner: Kate Hudson, “‘Fixin’ To Tell’: Cultural Preservation, Multiculturalism, and a Delicate Double Commitment in Appalshop’s ‘Insider’ Activism.”

2014 Award Winners

Lucille and Motee Daniels Award for the best thesis in Southern Studies
Leslie Hassel,“Narrating Jackson State: Mississippi Media Coverage of the 1970s Shootings at Jackson State College”

Lucille and Motee Daniels awards for the best first-year paper
Amelia Brock, “What’s a Southern Studies Scholar? Wait… What’s a Scholar?”
Lauren Holt, “Love Him or Hate Him”: Tyler Perry Productions and the Stereotypical Representation of African Americans”

Peter Aschoff Award for the best paper on southern music
Caroline Randall Williams, “If Jocasta Sang the Blues: Motherlovers, Manbabies, and Blues-ed Family Values”

Ann Abadie Award for the best work in Documentary Media
Anna Hamilton, “Bottling Hell: Myth-Making, Cultural Identity and the Datil Pepper of St. Augustine, Florida”

Gray Award for one of the best undergraduate papers
Neal McMillin, “Developing the Marine Energy Sector in Scotland: A View from the Islands”

Coterie Award for one of the best undergraduate papers
Abby Abide, “Big T-Shirts and Running Shorts: A Female Uniform and Southern Womanhood on the Ole Miss Campus”

Description of Awards

The Gray and Coterie Awards honor the best undergraduate papers in Southern Studies classes. Faculty teaching Southern Studies classes nominate papers for the awards, and a faculty committee selects the winners. The awards include an honorarium.

The Lucille and Motee Daniels Award honors the best papers by Southern Studies graduate students. Faculty nominate and submit papers to the program chair, who appoints a faculty committee to evaluate the papers. The award includes an honorarium.

The Peter Aschoff Prize honors the best papers on music of the American South, especially the blues, by an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Mississippi. Faculty nominate papers and a committee of faculty members makes the award, which includes an honorarium.