Dr. Mara Cohen Ioannides



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • DS, Jewish Studies, 2017, The Spertus Institute
  • MA, 1992, Carnegie Mellon University
  • BS, 1990, Columbia University


  • Writing I
  • Writing II
  • Ethnic Literature
  • Studies in Literature

Research and professional interests

  • Ozarks Jewry
  • History of Haggadot
  • Greek Jewry

Awards and honors

  • Kawaler Travel Award. Southern Jewish Historical Society. with M. Rachel Gholson, $2000. 2008-2009
  • 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award for A Shout in the Sunshine (Philadelphia: JPS, 2007)
  • Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature Reading and Discovery Program. Nextbook Foundation/American Library Association Program. $2,500. 2007-2008 academic year.
  • Collection Development Committee. Meyer Library, Missouri State University. $500. May 2007
  • 2007 National Jewish Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature Finalist for A Shout in the Sunshine (Philadelphia: JPS, 2007)
  • 2007 Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VI, Bronze for Cherri Jones and Mara Cohen Ioannides. “60th Anniversary of Anne Frank’s ‘Diary of a Young Girl.’” Missouri State Journal With Eric Eckert. KSMU, Springfield, MO. 17 July 2007
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks. For “Seeing Traditions” with M. Rachel Gholson, English Department, Southwest Missouri State University. $2,435. 2004-2005 academic year.
  • College of Arts and Letters Award in Research. Missouri State University. 2004-2005.
  • MO Arts Council — Folk Arts Program. For “Telling Traditions: Discovering the Ozarks’ Jewish Women” with M. Rachel Gholson, English Department,
    Southwest Missouri State University. $2100. 2002-2003 academic year.
  • College of Arts and Letters Award in Research. Southwest Missouri State University. 1998-1999.
  • Faculty Research Grant. Missouri State University. For “Jewish Women’s Jewish Literacy and the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ Haggadah.” $1352. Summer 1997.