Advancing the Center’s mission to study the South are three partner institutes, the Southern Documentary Project, the Southern Foodways Alliance, and Living Blues magazine.

The Southern Documentary Project produces works of documentary storytelling from the perspective of studying the American South. They teach courses in Southern Studies, provide internships, multimedia workshops, and help to drive the MFA in Documentary Expression program. Their academic mission is to train the next generation of storytellers.

The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.The SFA is based at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, where they share oral histories, produce films and podcasts, publish great writing, sponsor scholarship, mentor students, and stage events that serve as progressive and inclusive catalysts for the greater South. Donations from generous individuals, foundations, and companies fund their good work.

Founded as America’s first blues publication in Chicago in 1970, Living Blues magazine has set the standard for blues journalism around the world, and is renowned for its detailed feature stories and exceptional photography. Living Blues was acquired by the University of Mississippi in 1983 and is published bimonthly by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.