Dr. Cameron McNabb, an associate professor of English in Southeastern University’s College of Arts & Media, was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for her book project, “Dramatic Prosthesis: Disability Studies and Drama.” McNabb’s award, one of only eight granted in all of Florida, will allow her time this summer to research and write the book, which will focus on the representation of disability in theatrical performances.
The NEH grants for 2021 totalled $224 million for 225 diverse humanities projects. The organization was created in 1965 as an independent federal agency to support research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities.
McNabb, who is completing her ninth year at Southeastern University, previously served as the editor for “The Medieval Disability Sourcebook,” which is an open-access volume on disability in the Middle Ages. The receipt of the NEH grant is encouraging to McNabb as she notes, “This book project will offer an innovative look at how disability studies can be applied to theater and drama, and I am honored to be included among the NEH’s awardees.”
Dr. Craig S. Collins, dean of the College of Arts & Media, recognized the importance of McNabb’s grant. “This award affirms the academic credentials of our faculty here in the College of Arts & Media,” he said. “Dr. McNabb is an exceptional teacher in addition to being an accomplished scholar.”
The chair of the humanities department, Dr. Rustin Lloyd, also acknowledged McNabb’s commitment to her academic pursuits, noting, “The announcement of Dr. McNabb’s NEH grant award is a well-deserved recognition for her constant dedication to high-caliber scholarship within the field of disability studies.”
At Southeastern University, McNabb teaches such courses as the History of English; Introduction to Shakespeare; and Medieval Philosophy, Theology and Literature. Additionally, she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the journals “Early Theatre” and “Studies in Philology.”