UM History Professor Earns Top Promotion

November 23, 2016

UM Regents Professor of History Anya Jabour speaks at the Board of Regents meeting after being named UM’s 11th Regents Professor.MISSOULA – University of Montana history Professor Anya Jabour was appointed the University’s 11th Regents Professor during the Nov. 17 Board of Regents meeting in Missoula.

Regents Professor is the top rank awarded to faculty members in the Montana University System. Jabour’s new title is Regents Professor of History. A list of others who have received the honor is online at

“I am honored to be selected as the University of Montana’s 11th Regents Professor,” said Jabour. “I am grateful to my colleagues and students for supporting my nomination. This recognition is especially meaningful to me because the first Regents Professor, Paul Lauren, has been such an important mentor to me."

The title is bestowed on 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.

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 written 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.

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.


Contact: Anya Jabour, Regents Professor of History, UM Department of History, 406-243-2231,