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Sexual-Harrassment Survey

The SEAC Sexual Harassment survey was created by the Southeastern Archaeological Conference Sexual Harassment committee to research and address the issue of sexual harassment experienced by women researchers in the field. It was formed and chaired by Maureen Meyers (starting in 2013); other committee members are: Tony Boudreaux (East Carolina U), Stephen Carmody (U of Tennessee)  Victoria Dekle (Southern Missouri State U), Elizabeth Horton (Arkansas Archaeological Survey) and Alice Wright (Appalachian State University).
The survey went live in September, and was open for two months. Approximately 600 people responded; of these, over 60% have experienced sexual harassment in the field, and 13% have experienced sexual assault. A poster detailing preliminary findings was presented at the 2014 SEAC meeting in November and is available on the SEAC website.
As a result of the survey, SEAC has created a Task Force on Women in Archaeology to address this issue. The preliminary results of the survey will be published in the SEAC newsletter in March, and a peer-reviewed article on the results will be submitted this summer. In addition, Maureen was interviewed last week by Nature magazine for an article about Sexual Harassment in the Sciences.

In The News: Jodi and Carolyn in “Behind the Big House”


University of Mississippi archaeologists Carolyn Freiwald and Jodi Skipper began excavations at the Hugh Craft House in Holly Springs during the cold snap in November 2014, with a crew of Sociology and Anthropology Department graduate and undergraduate students, as well as participation by Rust College students working with Dr. Alisea McLeod. Construction work on foundation of the 1850s mansion and detached kitchen building (that likely also served as the slave quarters) revealed evidence for consumption of whitetail deer, turkey, pig, and cow, as well as antebellum ceramics and other artifacts identified by homeowner and historian Chelius Carter. Skipper and Freiwald hoped to identify features associated with culinary practices of the time, as well as other household activities. The team identified features including a posthole, old piping, and a burned area in the yard. They plan to return in April 2015 to continue the investigation in conjunction with the Behind the Big House program (April 7th-12th) which features tours of several extant slave dwellings, and the Holly Springs Annual Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes and Churches.

Bughouse dig

Great Review! Robbie Ethridge in The William and Mary Quarterly

WilliamMaryQuarterlyRobbie Ethridge’s books From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World 1540-1715  and Mapping the Mississippian Shatter Zone: The Colonial Indian Slave Trace and REgional Instability in the American South (with Shuck-Hall) were recently featured in a review of books in The William and Mary Quarterly (October 2014), the leading journal in early American History.  The review essay by Denise Ileana Bossy entitled, “Shattering Together, Merging Apart: Colonialism, Violence, and the Remaking of the Native South” discussed Ethridge’s concept of the Shatterzone as foundational to the work on the colonial Indian south. Congratulations Robbie! Read More at:

New Book!! James Thomas’ “Working to Laugh”

ThomasBookWorking to Laugh: Assembling Difference in American Stand-Up Comedy Venues

By James M. Thomas

Rowman & Littlefield, 2015

For decades, stand-up comedy has been central to the imbrication of popular culture and political discourse, reshaping the margins of political critique, and often within the contexts of urban nightlife entertainment. In Working to Laugh: Assembling Difference in American Stand-Up Comedy Venues, James M. Thomas (JT) provides an ethnographic analysis of urban nightlife sites where this popular form of entertainment occurs. Examining the relationship between the performance, the venue, and the social actors who participate in these scenes, JT demonstrates how stand-up venues function as both enablers and constrainers of social difference, including race, class, gender, and heteronormativity, within the larger urban nightlife environment. JT’s analysis of a professional comedy club and a sub-cultural bar that hosts a weekly comedy show illuminates the full range of stand-up comedy in the American cultural milieu, from the highly organized, routinized, and predictable format of the professional venue, to the more unpredictable, and in some cases, cutting edge format of the amateur show. 

New Book!! Shine Choi’s “Re-Imagining North Korea”

ChoiNKBookRe-Imagining North Korea in International Politics: Problems and alternatives
By Shine Choi


The global consensus in academic, specialist and public realms is that North Korea is a problem: its nuclear ambitions pose a threat to international security, its levels of poverty indicate a humanitarian crisis and its political repression signals a failed state.

This book examines the cultural dimensions of the international problem of North Korea through contemporary South Korean and Western popular imagination’s engagement with North Korea. Building on works by feminist-postcolonial thinkers, in particular Trinh Minh-ha, Rey Chow and Gayatri Spivak, it examines novels, films, photography and memoirs for how they engage with issues of security, human rights, humanitarianism and political agency from an intercultural perspective. By doing so the author challenges the key assumptions that underpin the prevailing realist and liberal approaches to North Korea.

This research attends not only to alternative framings, narratives and images of North Korea but also to alternative modes of knowing, loving and responding and will be of interest to students of critical international relations, Korean studies, cultural studies and Asian studies.

New Publication! Amy McDowell in Qualitative Sociology

McDowell, Amy. 2014. “Warriors and Terrorists: Antagonism as Strategy in Christian Hardcore and Muslim ‘Taqwacore’ Punk Rock.” Qualitative Sociology. 37: 255-276. (Lead Article). A photograph from McDowell’s research is featured as the cover of this issue of Qualitative Sociology.

ABSTRACT: This article contributes to new scholarship in the sociological study of religion, which looks at how people define and communicate religion in secular spheres. I show how U.S. Christian Hardcore and Muslim “Taqwacore” (taqwa means “god consciousness” in Arabic) punks draw on the tools of a punk rock culture that is already encoded with its own set of symbols, rituals and styles to: 1) understand themselves as religious/punk and 2) express religion in punk rock environments. I find that both cases draw on a punk rock motif of antagonism—oppositional attitudes and violent rituals and symbols—to see themselves as religious/punk and express religion in punk in different ways. Christian punks use this motif to condemn other Christians for denouncing punk and create space for Protestant evangelical Christianity in punk. Taqwacores use this motif to criticize Islam for its conservatism as well as non-Muslims for stereotyping Muslims as religious fanatics. In the process, Taqwacores build a space for alienated brown youth who exist on the margins of mainstream American culture and traditional Islam.

New Publication by John Green !

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New Publication!!
Green, John J. 2014. “The Status of African Americans in the Rural United States.” In Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s. Edited by Conner Bailey, Leif Jensen, and Elizabeth Ransom. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia Press.


This fourth Rural Sociological Society decennial volume provides advanced policy scholarship on rural North America during the 2010’s, closely reflecting upon the increasingly global nature of social, cultural, and economic forces and the impact of neoliberal ideology upon policy, politics, and power in rural areas.

The chapters in this volume represent the expertise of an influential group of scholars in rural sociology and related social sciences. Its five sections address the changing structure of North American agriculture, natural resources and the environment, demographics, diversity, and quality of life in rural communities.


Mississippi Students win best student papers at 2014 Alabama Mississippi Sociological Association Meetings

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Congratulations to Jamiko Deleveaux (MA student in Sociology) and Emma Willoughby (BA student in Sociology, Anthropology, Biological Science, and Psychology) for their selection as winners of the “best student paper” competitions at the 2014 Alabama Mississippi Sociological Association meetings.  Pictured from left to right:  Jamiko Deleveaux, Dr. John Green, and Emma Willoughby.




Department Houses Two Editorial Offices


Dr. Robbie Ethridge, Professor of Anthropology has been appointed Journal Editor for Ethnohistory (North American Editor).  Dr. John Green serves as Editor-in-Chief of Community Development, the official journal of the Community Development Society.

UnknownEthnohistory, published by Duke University Press, is the flagship journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE). The ASE is the preeminent international organization in its field and Ethnohistory is the top journal in the field in this hemisphere—arguably in the world. And therefore my editorship brings prestige and notice to the university.Ethnohistory, as the name implies, takes as its core the discipline of ethnohistory, which is any scholarship inspired by anthropological and historical approaches to the human condition, and especially the historical experiences of  indigenous, diasporic, and minority peoples. Ethnohistory concentrates on populations in the Americas (North, Central, and South), however, exceptional submissions concerning other areas of the world are also published. The field of ethnohistory, then, is explicitly international and inter-disciplinary, and the journal reflects this by publishing works from the disciplines of geography, literature, sociology, and archaeology, as well as anthropology and history by authors from the world over.  It is considered top-tier in most journal rankings and is cited widely.




rcod20.v044.i03.coverThe University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies now houses the Editorial Office of Community Development, the official journal of the Community Development Society. This peer-reviewed scholarly publication addresses the cutting-edge of knowledge concerning community development research, practice, and policy. It is published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, with five issues per year. Dr. John Green, Director of the Center for Population Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, will serve as Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

New Pathways to Health Initiative

The Center for Population Studies (CPS) was recently awarded a three-year subcontract with The Rogosin Institute through its Dreyfus Health Foundation (DHF) division.  This is to support research and evaluation for expansion of the New Pathways to Health Initiative in five Mississippi Delta counties.  Expanding from Last year’s pilot, the New Pathways to Health Initiative is focused on health education, workforce development, and civic engagement with youth (6th through 12th grade), college students, and healthcare practitioners.  Lead partners working with DHF include the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center, Inc., Tri-County Workforce Alliance, and Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce.  These groups are partnering with universities, community colleges, and healthcare facilities in the Delta region of northwest  Mississippi to address critical healthcare workforce shortages and reduce health disparities.  The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing funding for these endeavors.  CPS Director Dr. John J. Green recently delivered a presentation in New York City concerning his decade of work in collaboration with DHF, and he highlighted the New Pathways to Health Initiative.

To read a press release from The Rogosin Institute, click here.  To watch a video featuring the New Pathways to Health Initiative, click here. To read more about the New Pathways to Health Initiative, click here.

The New Pathways to Health Initiative, an innovative education and health development program, was featured in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis publication Bridges. This program involves collaboration between the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies, Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center, Dreyfus Health Foundation of the Rogosin Institute, Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce, and the Tri-County Workforce Alliance. The publication is available online at

  • Green, John, Molly Phillps, and Katie Kerstetter. 2014. “Creating Opportunity Pathways for Asset Development: The Role of Participatory Problem Solving in the Mississippi Delta.” Bridges: The Quarterly Review of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Summer: 7-9.