Hitchcock Graduate Award
The Bert Hitchcock Graduate Award in Southern Studies provides a stipend for a graduate student to research in an area of Southern Studies. Recipients of the award will deliver a public presentation of their research at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill.
The Award for Excellence in Bert Hitchcock’s name is an official recognition by his students of his own excellence as a mentor and a scholar. This permanent endowment is established in the Auburn University Foundation by Regina Ammon and Kelly Gerald for the purpose of providing graduate awards for students in the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts.
2021 Recipient: Laura King
Laura King is a student in the Department of History at Auburn University. King received a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her current research focuses on the evolution of the Birmingham, Alabama neighborhood of Avondale.
2020 Recipient: Daniel Cone
Daniel Cone is a doctoral student in Auburn University's Department of History and is currently working on a dissertation titled "The Cause Archived: Thomas Owen, the Alabama Archives, the Shaping of Civil War History and Memory." Cone received a B.A. from Presbyterian College and an M.A. from the University of West Georgia. He is the author of Last to Join the Fight: The 66th Georgia Infantry and Catoosa Springs: A Brief History.
2019 Recipient: Jake Clawson
Jake Clawson is a PhD candidate in Auburn University's Department of History and a teacher at Deerfield-Windsor School in Albany, Georgia. His teaching and research interests focus on the American Civil War, nineteenth century southern history, and the history of racial violence. His dissertation, entitled "Militias, Manhood, and Citizenship in Southern Reconstruction, 1863-1877," explores how black and white southerners utilized institutional violence to express competing notions of citizenship in the aftermath of the Civil War.
2018 Recipient: John Mohr
John Mohr is a PhD candidate concentrating on the history of technology. He received his BA in history and German from Wittenberg University. His dissertation examines the linkages between the auto industry, technological utopianism, and political realignment in the American South in the late twentieth century. It seeks to understand the relationship between Southern society and foreign automakers, including Mercedes-Benz and Kia Motors.
2017 Recipient: Alex Colvin
2016 Recipient: Matthew Sparacio
2015 Recipient: Lydia E. Ferguson
Walter Bertram “Bert” Hitchcock, Jr. is a southern gentlemen and scholar. Originally from Demopolis, Alabama, Bert enjoyed a childhood spend in the rural out-of-doors, and his days spent hunting, fishing and playing baseball provided him with stores he offered to appreciative listeners for all his life. Bert was also the son of the Demopolis City Schools superintendent “Bully” Hitchcock, and upon graduating from high school in 1959, he enrolled at Auburn University in pre-law.
By the time he left Auburn, Bert had turned his attention to the study of American literature. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Oregon and Duke University (PhD, 1971). He also attended the University of Melbourne in Australia. In 1966, Bert returned to Auburn University as the Assistant Director of Admissions and as an instructor in English; he became a full-time member of the English Department faculty in 1971 and served for many years as Chairman of Freshman English and then as Department Head (1977-1990). He regularly taught classes ranging from freshman English to doctoral courses; his area of interest is nineteenth-century American literature and Southern literature.
His contributions to the study of American literature include the American Short Stories he edited for decades and his entries and essays on American writers for a number of established reference books including the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Reference Guide to American Literature, and Contemporary Fiction Writers of the South. Dr. Hitchcock’s passion for the literary South is evidenced in the many books he published on the region and its writers, among them De Remnant Truth, Down the River, The Flush Times of Alabama and Mississippi, and Chinaberries and Crows.
The Award for Excellence in Bert Hitchcock’s name is an official recognition by his students of his own excellence as a mentor and a scholar. His passion for the South is infectious, his work compelling, and his stories funny and unforgettable.
Last Updated: April 20, 2021