Published on February 15, 2021 by Sean Flynt  
History professor Jonathan Bass
History professor Jonathan Bass

Samford University history professor Jonathan Bass has received a Hull Research Fellowship to support his completion of two new manuscripts related to race in the American South. With Mind to do Him Wrong: Race, Lynching, the Death Penalty, and Christian Communities in the South continues the scholarship that has earned Bass national acclaim. From Every Stormy Wind That Blows: The Idea of Howard College and the Origins of Samford University–to be published by LSU Press next year–examines Samford’s history against the backdrop of slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, New South and Jim Crow.

Bass also earned a Diversity Grant from Samford’s Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives to enhance two courses–African American Experience and Race and Violence–offered for the first time this semester. 

All of the projects contribute to an ongoing, university-wide effort to address issues of racism and justice.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.