James G. Thomas, Jr. is the Center’s associate director for publications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy and a master’s degree in Southern Studies, both from the University of Mississippi. In 2003 he began work at the Center as managing editor of the twenty-four-volume New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. He is editor of Conversations with Barry Hannah (University Press of Mississippi), coeditor of the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Series (with Jay Watson), associate editor of The Mississippi Encyclopedia, and an editor of the online Mississippi Encyclopedia.
Thomas is also the director of the Center’s annual Oxford Conference for the Book and the editor of Study the South, the Center’s online journal, and the Southern Register, the Center’s newsmagazine.
Before joining the Center staff, Thomas worked as an editor for publications in New York and Oxford, Mississippi.
Thomas also teaches research writing for the University of Mississippi’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric.