About the Humanities Institute
Drawing on a rich tradition of teaching and scholarship in the humanities at the University of Montana, the Humanities Institute fosters provocative thinking, innovative research, and sustained public discussion of the human experience, including serious reflection on the past, present, and future. The Institute’s activities encompass traditional humanities disciplines including history, languages, literature, philosophy, and religious studies, as well as critical studies of the arts and models of inquiry that cross disciplinary boundaries and develop new approaches, including work in the digital humanities.
The Humanities Institute supports humanistic work that takes place throughout the University, and welcomes initiatives and approaches that bridge traditional humanities fields with the visual and performing arts, with journalism and political science, and with the natural sciences, and that generate public discussion about the importance of the humanities in the contemporary world.
Led by faculty, the Institute is funded primarily by grants and private donations, and is structured to bring new research opportunities to students and faculty and to promote scholarship in the humanities at UM. The Institute creates opportunities for vigorous intellectual exchange and provides venues for public discussion about the humanities, including sustained interaction with the wider community of Missoula and Montana, as well as contact with scholars in different disciplines and from other institutions.
Professor of History
Anya Jabour is a professor in the History Department and a past co-director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of Montana. She teaches courses in U.S. women’s history, family history, and southern history as well as several upper-division writing courses. Professor Jabour was the 2001 recipient of the Helen and Winston Cox Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2014 recipient of the Paul Lauren Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award.
She has authored three books, Marriage in the Early Republic, Scarlett’s Sisters, and Topsy-Turvy, and has edited a collection on Major Problems in the History of American Families and Children and another on Family Values in the Old South, and has published numerous articles and essays. In 2013, she was named the University of Montana's Distinguished Scholar; in 2014 she received the George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguisehd Accomplishment.
Professor Jabour is currently 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 is a historical consultant for a forthcoming Montana PBS documentary about Butte author Mary MacLane and for a new PBS Civil War-era miniseries, "Mercy Street."
Professor 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. Several of her students also complete a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, an interdisciplinary program that offers opportunities to work with faculty in other departments as well as funding to support research and scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality. Please contact her by e-mail if you are interested in working with her as a graduate student.
PhD, Rice University, 1995
MA, Rice University, 1994
BA, Oberlin College, 1991
Field of Study
U.S. Social, Political, and Cultural History; Women, Family, Gender, and Sexuality; The American South; Progressive Era and New Deal
Topsy-Turvy: How the Civil War Turned the World Upside Down for Southern Children. New York: Ivan R. Dee, 2010.
Family Values in the Old South. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010.
Scarlett's Sisters: Young Women in the Old South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
Major Problems in the History of American Families and Children. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005.
Marriage in the Early Republic: Elizabeth and William Wirt and the Companionate Ideal. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.