I serve as Director of the Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS) at UNC-Chapel Hill, whose mission is to nurture rigorous scholarship, critical conversations, and creative expressions for a diverse and changing South.

The Center generates and disseminates scholarship with special emphasis on interdisciplinary work grounded in the arts and humanities that includes engagement with communities outside the University as a core principle. CSAS elevates the stories of Southern communities to serve their futures. The Center serves as a nexus for scholars, artists, students and members of the public who seek a creative, surprising, inclusive South.

CSAS generates scholarship through the Southern Oral History Program and in our research grants and fellowships; we disseminate scholarship through the journal Southern Cultures and in convening public lectures, conversations, and performances.

These are a few of the ways I have engaged the public through my work at CSAS and beyond: