Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Mississippi


Amy McDowell publishes about Muslim punk in an alt-right era in Contexts; gives talk at U Nebraska

November 1, 2017 Amy McDowell published “Muslim Punk in an Alt-Right Era” (PDF) in Contexts, a quarterly magazine of the American Sociological Association that makes cutting-edge social research accessible to the general public. The article discusses how a network of punk (and hip hop) artists are making music to fight racial and religious profiling. Amy […]

Kate Centellas featured on National Geographic’s The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman

October 17, 2017 Kate M. Centellas, Croft Associate Professor of Anthropology & International Studies, is featured on the newest episode of National Geographic’s The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman. Kate Centellas travelled to Bolivia with a film crew for National Geographic to document and understand tinku, a ritualized form of inter-communal violence practiced in […]

Jodi Skipper presented on history and memory in Mississippi at University of Tennessee

October 17, 2017 On September 25, Jodi Skipper, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Southern Studies, gave an invited lecture at the University of Tennessee as part of a visiting lecture series on violence. Dr. Skipper’s presentation, “Touring Violence: History and Memory in Mississippi,” reflected on the relationship between historical violence and tourism. Tourism has a […]

Carolyn Freiwald discusses forensic archaeology at Oxford Science Café series

October 10, 2017 By EDWIN B. SMITH | UM News Carolyn Friewald, UM assistant professor of anthropology, reviews human teeth and bone fragments in her campus lab. Submitted photo OXFORD, Miss. – The use of teeth in anthropological investigations and modern forensics is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University […]

Jeff Jackson represented UM Slavery Research Group at UVA conference

October 8, 2017 By CHRISTINA STEUBE | UM News The UM Slavery Research Group is exploring the history of slavery in Oxford and on the UM campus, which has led to the discovery of Civil-War era maps of the area. OXFORD, Miss. – A group of University of Mississippi faculty members is working across disciplines […]

New associate chairs announced

September 22, 2017 Dr. Kate Centellas, Associate Chair of Anthropology Dr. John Sonnett, Associate Chair of Sociology. The Department of Sociology & Anthropology has named Dr. Katherine M. Centellas and Dr. John Sonnett to serve as new Associate Chairs in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Centellas, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, […]

Biological anthropology students study primate behavior at Memphis Zoo

September 15, 2017 Biological Anthropology students Marissa, Patrick, Ezell, and Harrison observe gorilla behavior as part of Carolyn Freiwald´s bioloigcal anthropology class. Dr. Angela Dassow works with Carolyn Freiwald´s biological anthropology class studying gorilla behavior at the Memphis Zoo. Shown are students Ezell, Harrison, Patrick, and Marissa. Biological anthropology students are learning what primates can […]

Brian Foster featured in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown series

August 21, 2017 Dr. B. Brian Foster, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies, was recently commissioned to write three feature stories on Mississippi for the relaunch of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Series. The relaunch paired old series episodes with written pieces on the historical and cultural narratives of the places that Bourdain has visited […]

Two department faculty nominated by the University for 2018 NEH awards

September 8, 2017 Carolyn Freiwald, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and JT Thomas, Assistant Professor of Sociology, have been selected as the University of Mississippi’s two nominees for the 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends competition. The competition requires a university nomination, and universities can only nominate up to two applicants from their […]

Marcos Mendoza interviewed about Patagonian imaginaries for GlacierHub

September 1, 2017 Dr. Marcos Mendoza, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, was interviewed by William Julian from GlacierHub about his recent co-authored article in the Journal of Latin American Geography. During the interview, Mendoza discusses regional history, green development, and the global imagination of Patagonia. GlacierHub is a website dedicated to contemporary research about glaciers and […]