Jay Watson is Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies and Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. During the 2002-2003 academic year he served as Visiting Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Turku and Abo Akademi University in Turku and he has since been honored with the UM Faculty Achievement Award (2012), the UM Liberal Arts Professor of the Year award (2014), and the UM Humanities Teacher of the Year award (2014). In 2013 he was a finalist for the Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year Award, and in 2018 he was the fall convocation speaker at UM. Professor Watson's publications include two monographs, Forensic Fictions: The Lawyer Figure in Faulkner (University of Georgia Press, 1993) and Reading for the Body: The Recalcitrant Materiality of Southern Fiction, 1893-1985 (University of Georgia Press, 2012). He has also edited or co-edited ten published or forthcoming collections.