Simone Delerme joined the University of Mississippi’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Center for the Study of Southern Culture in the fall of 2013. She specializes in migration to the U.S. South, with interests in race relations, integration and incorporation, community development, and social class inequalities. Delerme holds a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in liberal arts from the University of Delaware, as well as master’s and doctorate degrees in anthropology from Rutgers University. Delerme spent her childhood in a Puerto Rican concentrated enclave in Harlem, New York, and later developed an interest in Latin American and Caribbean studies while abroad in Havana, Cuba and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Shortly after her time in Latin America, Delerme conducted comparative ethnographic fieldwork among Puerto Rican migrants in Delaware and New York. The research for her first book, Latino Orlando: Suburban Transformation and Racial Conflict, focuses on Puerto Rican migration to Orlando, Florida and the social class distinctions and racialization processes that create divergent experiences in Southern communities. Delerme’s work has been featured in several academic publications, including Southern Spaces, Southern Cultures, and Florida Historical Quarterly.
2020 Latino Memphis: Suburban Transformation and Racial Conflict, University Press of Florida
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
2017 “65th Infantry Veteran’s Park: Contested Landscapes and Latinization in Greater Orlando,” Southern Cultures. Vol. 23(4): 116-125.
2017 “Reflections on Cultural Capital and Orlando’s Puerto Rican and Latino ‘Elite,’” Centro Journal. XXIX(3): 74-96.
2017 “The Fractured American Dream: From Country Club Living to Suburban Slum in Latino Orlando,” Florida Historical Quarterly. Vol. 95(3): 383-426.
2016 “Language Ideologies and Racial Formation in Latino Orlando.” In Public Space, Public Policy, and Public Understanding of Race and Ethnicity in America: An Interdisciplinary Approach, edited by Teresa Booker. University of Akron Press, pp. 105-120.
2014 “Puerto Ricans Live Free: Race, Language, and Orlando’s Contested Soundscape.” Southern Spaces. http://southernspaces.org/2014/puerto-ricans-live-free-race-language-and-orlandos- contested-soundscape
2013 “The Latinization of Orlando: Language, Whiteness, and the Politics of Place.” Centro Journal. Vol. XXV(2): 60-95.
Globalization and the US South
Visual and Virtual Anthropology
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Southern Studies Seminar
Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
Introduction to American Politics