ESO – Executive Council

Kelly Vines

Mentorship Chair
Heather Fox

General Council
Jennie Lightweis-Goff

General Council
Jill Fennell

MA Representative
William Palmer

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Workshopping Opportunities

The Emerging Scholars Organization will provide a forum in which graduate students and early-career scholars can interact regarding their research. Thus, we will be asking ESO members to share their research interests in order to create links between people producing similar kinds of scholarship. Our hope is that such links will lead to fruitful workshopping opportunities among academics in the field of southern studies.

Mentoring Opportunities

The Emerging Scholars Organization has created a mentoring program that seeks to forge working relationships between emerging and established scholars. This program will provide guidance on professional and career development as well as more general guidance, not only regarding southern studies but also academia more broadly.

If you would like to volunteer to mentor an emerging scholar, or if you identify as an emerging scholar yourself and would like a mentor, please contact the ESO Council at