Kirstin Squint Receives HPU’s Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 9, 2018 – Dr. Kirstin Squint, associate professor of English, received the Ruth Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award during High Point University’s 2018 Commencement ceremony. The award recognizes a full-time faculty member for exemplary accomplishments in research and creative endeavors.

Squint teaches 20th and 21st century American literature at HPU and has mentored undergraduate research projects investigating works of African American and American Indian literature.

“I am passionate about my scholarly work, which directly affects my teaching as well as the communities about which I write,” says Squint. “It is a tremendous honor to receive the Ridenhour Award, especially considering all of the important research being conducted by HPU faculty.”

A well-respected scholar of Southern and Native American literary studies, Squint’s forthcoming monograph, “LeAnne Howe at the Intersections of Southern and Native American Literature,” explores the Choctaw author’s work as a Native American writer and is poised to be an important contribution to the developing field of literary scholarship of the Native South. Squint is also actively working on two new book projects, the co-edited collection “Swamp Souths: Literary and Cultural Ecologies” and a monograph, “Troubled Waters in Contemporary Southern Narrative.” Both books explore the relationship of swamps and other ecological factors, as well as the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in the development of modern Southern culture.

“Dr. Squint has developed a reputation of excellence in her area of Southern and Native American literary studies,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU provost. “Her understanding of the relationship between environment and culture – especially her study of the impact of natural forces such as hurricanes – has been insightful and even prophetic. We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber at HPU.”

Squint came to HPU in 2010 with degrees from Eureka College, Miami University and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Louisiana State University. As a rising star in her field, she is an active presenter at national and regional conferences and is on the executive committee of numerous organizations, including the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association’s Language, Literature, and Culture U.S. Southern Forum and the Editorial Board for North Carolina Literary Review.

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