Graduate Research Assistant

Sidonia Serafini is a doctoral student and research assistant. Her research centers on post-Reconstruction and early twentieth-century African American literature and the periodical press and multicultural women’s writing.

Sidonia's research examines Hampton Institute's organ, the Southern Workman (1872-1939), and the writings placed in this publication by figures across races, cultures, and nations. She focuses in particular on the early short fiction of writer and educator, Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935), with an emphasis on how these works address historical memory and cultural citizenship. Currently, Sidonia is collaborating with Prof. Barbara McCaskill and Rev. Paul Walker of Highgate Baptist Church in Birmingham, England, to construct an edition of the writings of the nineteenth-century activist, Rev. Peter Thomas Stanford (c. 1860-1909). In 2016, Sidonia received a Certificate of Merit from the Institute for African American Studies in recognition of her scholarship on nineteenth-century black print productions. She is the 2018 recipient of the R. Baxter Miller Award in African American and Multicultural Literature.

In addition to academic activities, Sidonia's university leadership has included service as a PhD and MA Graduate Representative in the Department of English. Sidonia has served as a mentor with the Pathway to Graduate School Program hosted by the Office of Graduate Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives, and she is a local school mentor for Athens-Clarke County's Mentor Program.


M.A. in English, University of Georgia, 2017

B.A. in English, Flagler College, 2014

My Research Areas and Approaches