August 27, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Jones Named Samuel and Susan Crowl Professor in English Literature

Dr. Paul C. Jones

Dr. Paul C. Jones

Dr. Paul C. Jones is the new Samuel and Susan Crowl Professor in English Literature at Ohio University.

He is the second professor to hold this chair, succeeding Dr. Marsha Dutton, Professor Emerita of English.

“I am incredibly honored to have been chosen for this professorship by my colleagues, department chair, and dean,” Jones says. “It’s wonderful to know that my teaching, research, and service have been appreciated and rewarded by the people I work with.”

Jones is a widely published scholar of 19th-century American literature. He is the author of two books, Unwelcome Voices: Subversive Fiction in the Antebellum South (2005) and Against the Gallows: Antebellum American Writers and the Movement to Abolish Capital Punishment (2011), and numerous articles in journals including Journal of American Studies, J19, American Periodicals, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. He is currently at work on two book-length projects, the first a study of best-selling novelist E. D. E. N. Southworth and her engagement with national political debates, and the second an exploration of the fiction and poetry of horror writer Edgar Allan Poe through the lens of queerness.

Established in 2011, the endowed professorship honors retired English professors Samuel and Susan Crowl and recognizes a tenured literature faculty member with an established record as an outstanding teacher, productive scholar and active participant in the department, the college or university governance or service.

The Crowl Professorship rotates and is held by each recipient for a maximum of five years. Recipients of the professorship must be engaging and demanding teachers, productive scholars and active participants in the life of the department and university.

Establishment of the Crowl Professorship was made possible by endowed gifts to the college through the Ohio University Foundation. In addition to the Crowls, alumni and friends of the college also served as donors, including Barbara Strom Thompson, Douglas Roberts, Scott Roberts, Brad and Chris Lafferty, Beth Stocker, Richard and Vera Gardner, John Wiegman, Charles and Lizabeth Emrick, Will and Ann Lee Konneker, Sanford Elsass, Anne and Stuart Scott, the Quattrocki family, and the Patrick family.

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