Dr. Sarah Gilbreath Ford

Dr. Sarah Gilbreath Ford
Professor, Director of Beall Poetry Festival
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Professor, Director of Beall Poetry Festival


Southern Literature
Early American Literature
African American Literature
Literature and Law
American Gothic Literature
Eudora Welty


Carroll Science, room 309
(254) 710-6903
Personal Website


Ph.D. Tulane University
M.A. Tulane University
B.A. Baylor University


Sarah Gilbreath Ford’s research and teaching focus on the literature of the American South, the gothic genre, African American literature, early American literature, and the work of Eudora Welty. She serves as the director of Baylor’s Beall Poetry Festival. She is the author of Haunted Property: Slavery and the Gothic (2020), which examines how writers use gothic tools to combat slavery’s definition of people as property. Her book Tracing Southern Storytelling in Black and White (2014) examines how white and African American writers experiment with narrative form to replicate the dynamics of oral storytelling. She has also written articles on southern and early American writers for journals such as Studies in the Novel, Mississippi Quarterly, Early American Literature, and Southern Quarterly. She serves as the web editor of the Eudora Welty Society’s website. In 2018 she won the Welty society’s Phoenix Award for scholarship and service. In 2019 she was named a Baylor Centennial Professor.