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Dr. Sidney Watson

Professor of English

Office Location Owens Hall, 202
Phone (Office) 405.585.4244


Dr. Sidney Watson is a specialist in 20th-century literature and literature by women, who also teaches all levels of English courses including Freshman English. In her years at OBU she has directed a number of students' honors theses, including a winner of the Tom Dowdy Memorial Award for outstanding honors thesis.

As one of the faculty sponsors for OBU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, Dr. Watson is very active at the national level of Sigma Tau Delta. In April 2022 she was awarded Sigma Tau Delta's highest award, becoming just the sixteenth Delta Award honoree in the organization's almost hundred-year history.


  • B.A., University of South Carolina
  • M.A., University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina
    • Dissertation: “Gender, Creativity, and the Author-Publisher Relationship: Edith Wharton at Scribners”

Courses Taught

  • Modernism
  • Contemporary Literature
  • 19th-Century American Literature
  • World Novels

Publications and Presentations

  • “Wharton, Cather, and the Creative Self as Sacred Space,” Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Abilene Christian University--Dallas, October 2017
  • “Wharton’s Declaration of Independence: The Contest Over the Image of Eliot.” Conference of the Edith Wharton Society. University of Roehampton-Surrey. Surrey, England. July 2003.
  • “Wallace Stevens and the Maternal Art of Poetry.” The Wallace Stevens Journal 22.1 (1998): 72-82.
  • “Author and Publisher: ‘Radical Writer’ in an ‘Ultra-conservative House.’” F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Exhibition Catalog. E. Matthew J. Bruccoli. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1996. 21-34.