Margaret J. Oakes is a tenured Professor of English at Furman University. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and has taught Early Modern literature and Humanities courses at Furman since 1996. Her research interests are in British Renaissance literature, Renaissance humanist education, children's fantasy literature, and British detective fiction. Professor Oakes is a faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary society and coaches for Furman's award-winning Mock Trial program.



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  • Furman Meritorious Advising Award in 2002
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Association of Furman Students in 2006
  • Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Advisor in 2006
  • Princeton Review "300 best professors in the United States" in 2012
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