New Article by Dr. Combs Explores Race, Space, and Voter Suppression

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies Dr. Barbara Harris Combs has a new article in Critical Sociology exploring the construct of place and its role in race relations, specifically recent changes in voting rights laws.  Dr. Combs will teach a cross-listed African American Studies / Southern Studies course on Race, Place, and Space this… Read More >

Wintersession Course Explores Southern Music

Darren Grem

Wintersession Course Explores Southern Music

Dr. Darren Grem is currently teaching History 399, a Wintersession course on Southern Music History. He created a playlist representative of different genres, and students are listening to the songs before class.

More about the new Elvis biography by Joel Williamson

In Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, Southern historian Joel Williamson, professor emeritus of the humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, takes on one of the greatest cultural icons of all time.

Ted Ownby, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, wrote the foreword for the book, which is published by Oxford University Press.

Ted Ownby on Elvis Presley as a Southern Studies Student

Center Director Ted Ownby wrote the introduction for a new book on Elvis Presley by Joel Williamson, Elvis Presley: A Southern Life. Here, his thoughts on whether Southern Studies might’ve saved Presley. Elvis Presley died in 1977. That was the same year the Center for the Study of Southern Culture hosted its first events, and… Read More >

Professor and Students Participate in Program Examining Slave Dwellings

This article, by Dr. Jodi Skipper, originally appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of the Southern Register.  Check out our archive of past Registers for more. Interpreting the Enslaved: The Behind the Big House Program in Holly Springs, Mississippi For the past two years, Southern Studies students have helped to fill gaps in Mississippi interpretations… Read More >

Center Welcomes New Historian Jessica Wilkerson

This fall, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Department of History will welcome Jessica Wilkerson as a new assistant professor of history and Southern Studies. Wilkerson comes to the university from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed her doctoral work in the field of women’s and gender history.

Oxford Blues Fest Features Center Faculty, Staff, Friends

The Oxford Blues Fest, hosted by the University of Mississippi Museum,  begins this evening, Thursday, July 17.   A panel on blues scholarship tomorrow at 1:15pm will feature Scott Barretta of the Highway 61 radio show and Mark Camarigg, managing editor of Center publication Living Blues.  Southern Studies and English professor Adam Gussow will participate in a… Read More >

New Fund Honors Charles R. Wilson and Benefits Grad Students

The Charles Reagan Wilson Fund During his 33 years as a professor, Dr. Charles Reagan Wilson has been a mentor for many University of Mississippi students studying southern history and culture, and has served on at least a hundred thesis and dissertation committees, often as chair. At graduation in May, we dedicated and named the… Read More >

Center Welcomes Catarina Passidomo, New Professor of Foodways

The University of Mississippi has hired Catarina Passidomo to join the faculty with a joint appointment in Southern Studies and sociology and anthropology. Beginning in the fall semester of 2014, Passidomo—who will claim an office in Barnard Observatory—will teach foodways courses to undergraduate and graduate students.