Editorial Advisory Committee
The editorial advisory committee of the University of Arkansas Press, also known as the press committee, is the faculty oversight and advisory body that provides editorial guidance, certifies the application of peer review, and consults on issues regarding mission, vision, and planning. The committee meets twice a year to hear operational reports from the director, respond to editorial and peer review reports from the editor-in-chief, and discuss strategic initiatives and institutional development. It comprises a chair, who serves a five-year term; six members, who serve three-year terms; and two external members, who also serve three-year terms. Additionally, the press’s director, its editor-in-chief, and the vice chancellor to whom the press reports serve as ex officio members.
Author of editor of over a dozen university press books, Whayne was the coeditor with Willard B. Gatewood Jr. of the first title published by the University of Arkansas Press: The Governors of Arkansas. Whayne has been professor of history in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas since 1990, where she has served as chair of the department and editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly. She has served as chair of the press committee since 2016.
Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies (Missouri State University)
A native of the Arkansas Ozarks, Brooks Blevins is the is the author of ten books and editor of several more, principally the three-volume History of the Ozarks (University of Illinois Press). He serves as the editor of the University of Arkansas Press’s Chronicles of the Ozarks series and Ozarks Studies series and is the author of Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State. He has served as an external member on the press committee since 2018.
Professor of Law
Steve Clowney joined the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2014, having previously served as Frost Brown & Todd Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky. He writes primarily about property but also works on land use, social norms, race, and trusts and estates. He holds a JD from Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and editor-in-chief of the Yale Law and Policy Review. He has served as a committee member since 2019.
Associate Professor of Communication
Lisa Corrigan is the director of the Gender Studies Program in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. She is a feminist rhetorical scholar who researches and teaches in the areas of social movement studies, the Black Power and civil rights movement, and prison studies. She cohosts the podcast Lean Back: Critical Feminist Conversations and is the author of Black Feelings: Race and Affect in the Long Sixties (U Press of Mississippi). She has served as a member of the press committee since 2020.
Lynn F. Jacobs
Professor of Art
Lynn F. Jacobs is a specialist in the art of Northern Europe in the fourteenth through mid-sixteenth centuries in the School of Art at the University of Arkansas. She has published three books—one on Netherlandish carved altarpieces, another on Netherlandish painted triptychs, and one on liminality in Netherlandish art. She has served as a member of the press committee since 2019.
James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History (Arkansas State University)
Cherisse Jones-Branch is the graduate school dean at Arkansas State University, where she has been on the faculty of the History Department since 2003. She is the author or editor of several books, including Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press) and Crossing the Line: Women’s Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II (University Press of Floria). She has served as a member of the press committee since 2018.
Professor of English
Davis McCombs is the director of the Program in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas, one of the country’s oldest MFA programs. Winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize (Ultima Thule, 2000) as well as a former Guggenheim Fellow and Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he is the author most recently of Lore (U of Utah Press). He has served on the committee since 2019.
Associate Professor of Architecture
Kim Sexton joined the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design in 1999 and served as the director of its honors for program for ten years. Holding a PhD in art history from Yale University, Sexton specializes in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. She has served on the committe since 2020.
Joshua Youngblood is a rare books librarian and head of the instruction and outreach unit at Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries. An associate professor since 2011, Youngblood serves in multiple capacities, including as the history librarian and Arkansas subject specialist. In 2019 he was elected president of the Society of Southwest Archivists. He has served as a member of the committee since 2018.
Director and Publisher
David Scott Cunningham
Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation