March 19, 2019  

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Cochran to Serve as Editor of The Southern Quarterly

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Dr. Katherine Cochran

Dr. Katherine Cochran, associate professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named editor of The Southern Quarterly, a prestigious independent journal published at Southern Miss since 1962 that focuses on the interdisciplinary study of Southern culture.

“For 55 years, The Southern Quarterly has been one of the premier academic journals devoted to Southern Studies. Its editors have included distinguished College of Arts and Letters faculty members,” said Dr. Maureen Ryan, dean of the College of Arts and Letter and professor of English. “I am delighted that Southern literary scholar Dr. Katherine Cochran now follows predecessors such as Peggy Prenshaw, Noel Polk, Douglas Chambers, and Philip Kolin. The college looks forward to the Quarterly's embrace of its important tradition as it matures into a publication for a new century.”

A member of the Southern Miss faculty since 2008, Dr. Cochran’s research expertise includes Southern and American literature, literature and composition pedagogy, adolescent literature and popular culture, among other areas.

“It’s an honor to be named editor of The Southern Quarterly, which has been an important venue for significant work in Southern Studies for so long,” Dr. Cochran said. “The university has proven its commitment to supporting the Quarterly since its inception, and I look forward to continuing the journal's commitment to excellence in the future.”

Dr. Cochran’s work has been widely published, including articles and reviews in the New Hibernia Review, The Southern Literary Journal, the Kentucky Philological Review, The Southern Register, and The Southern Quarterly. She has also published on the popular young adult series The Twilight Saga, and made multiple conference presentations on her work, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her service to Southern Miss and its Department of English includes as former director of its nationally-recognized English Licensure Program, and co-director for its South Mississippi Writing Project’s Summer Institutes.

Dr. Cochran said upcoming issues of the journal will include such special topics as “Caribbean South,” “Gone with the Wind: Voices of the New South,” and “Southern Foodways,” featuring a variety of contributors and guest editors.

“The South offers such rich and complex experiences that artists - whether they are novelists or poets, painters, musicians, sculptors, filmmakers, or those practicing an artistry of life - find endless inspiration here," she said.
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