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 Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas, Faulkner and History, Faulkner and Print Culture, and the forthcoming Faulkner and the Native South, and associate editor of The Mississippi Encyclopedia, for which he is at work to produce an online version.
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 newsletter.
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.