UM Historian Nominated for Regents Professor

November 09, 2016

UM history Professor Anya Jabour (right) poses with Hannah James, who plays Emma Green in the PBS Civil War drama “Mercy Street.” (Photo courtesy of Anya Jabour)MISSOULA – University of Montana history Professor Anya Jabour has been nominated to become the University’s 11th Regents Professor. Upon approval by the Montana Board of Regents during its Nov. 17-18 meeting in Missoula, Jabour’s new title will be Regents Professor of History.

Regents Professor is the top rank awarded to faculty members in the Montana University System. Established in 1991, the Regents Professor title is earned by faculty members who demonstrate unusual excellence in instruction, scholarship and service, as well as distinctive impact through their work. The rank is awarded by the Board of Regents upon the recommendation of the University president. A full UM list of those who have received the honor is online at http://www.umt.edu/provost/about/RegentsProfs.php.

“Dr. Jabour is a prolific and well-respected historian, both nationally and internationally,” UM President Royce Engstrom said in his nomination. “She is a distinguished scholar, a respected and beloved teacher, and a dedicated member of the UM, Missoula and Montana communities.”

Jabour, who specializes in U.S. women’s history, has been a professor at UM for over 20 years, having taught a variety of courses in the Department of History; the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program; the Global Leadership Initiative; and the MOLLI program.

In addition to numerous articles and essays, she has authored three books, “Marriage in the Early Republic,” “Scarlett’s Sisters” and “Topsy-Turvy.” She also has edited two collections, “Major Problems in the History of American Families and Children” and “Family Values in the Old South.”

She currently is working on a biography of educator and reformer Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge (1866-1948), for which she received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also serves as a historical consultant for the PBS Civil War-era miniseries “Mercy Street,” which returns for its second season in late January 2017.

 “This is truly a case of a scholar and teacher generating a distinctive impact locally and nationally,” said Christopher Comer, dean of UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences. “Anya is a scholar admired by colleagues, a dedicated teacher and a tireless advocate within our community for the voice of women to be heard, both in the present and from the past.”

Jabour advises graduate students in all periods of U.S. history whose interests intersect with her specialties in gender, sexuality, race and reform. Her current and former graduate students work on topics such as marriage and divorce in the Old South, courtship and family life in the Victorian West, prostitution policies in the Progressive Era and African American women’s role in the civil rights movement.

She has received the Helen and Winston Cox Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001), the Paul Lauren Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award (2014) and the George M. Dennison Presidential Award for Distinguished Accomplishment (2014). In 2013, she was named UM’s Distinguished Scholar.

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Contact: Anya Jabour, professor, UM Department of History, anya.jabour@umontana.edu.