Speaker: Dr. Susan Allen Ford, Professor Emerita at Delta State University.
Dr. Ford earned a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. She and her late husband, John R. Ford, began teaching at Delta State in 1983.
At Delta State Ford taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly in composition and British literature, and worked with writers in Delta State’s Writing Center.
Since 2006, Ford has served as editor of the journals of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line. She also represents Delta State on the Board of the University Press of Mississippi.
In addition to the Kossman Award, Ford received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Mississippi division of the American Association of University Women. She was awarded visiting fellowships at Chawton House Library (England) in 2009 and 2010, and the DSU Foundation’s Faculty Prize for Excellence in Research in 2005. Four times between 2001 and 2003, she was recognized by the Jane Austen Society of North America as mentor of winners in their student essay contest. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
The author of many articles on Jane Austen and her contemporaries, the Gothic, detective fiction, and Shakespeare, Prof. Ford’s most recent publication is the introduction to an edition of James Fordyce’s SERMONS TO YOUNG WOMEN (Chawton House Press). She is at work on a book on what Austen’s characters are reading.