Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Mississippi

Welcome From the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi! The 2016-17 academic year promises to be exciting. We are on the 5th floor of Lamar Hall and have great views of the campus! Come see! Whether you are a current (or potential) major or minor, graduate student, faculty member, or someone who is simply curious about the social world (past or present), we’ve got a lot in store for you…

  • We offer fantastic courses taught by dedicated and award-winning faculty. Introductory courses in Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography provide “maps” of the exciting elements of our disciplines. Upper division and graduate courses provide deeper insights into faculty members’ areas of expertise and help you to develop a dynamic understanding of the social world.
  • We welcome three new faculty members this year. Dr. Anne Cafer is Assistant Professor of Sociology and focuses on social change and food production, consumption, and insecurity. Dr. Ana Velitchkova is Croft Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies who explores cultural stratification as a challenge to global society and factors that lead to political violence. Mr. Brian Foster (ABD) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in Southern Studies whose work examines race, culture, and inequality with an emphasis on the rural U.S. South.
  • Our Department Lecture Series will continue this Fall and Spring on selected Fridays, generally, at NOON in Lamar 555 and will feature the current research of our own faculty and invited guests. See our calendar for upcoming dates and titles.
  • We house two important peer-reviewed journals in our Department. Dr. Robbie Ethridge is the North American editor of Ethnohistory, the flagship journal for the American Society for Ethnohistory and Dr. John Green is the editor for Community Development, the official journal of the Community Development Society.
  • The Critical Race Studies Group, a network of interdisciplinary scholars, continues to use academic research on race to create social change in our own institution and surrounding communities.
  • We are also an active part of the Slavery and the University Working Group and are taking a lead in the efforts to uncover evidence of slave life in the pre-Faulkner Sheegog Plantation (currently known as Rowan Oak) through a Public Archaeology course his Fall taught by Dr. Meyers and Dr. Boudreaux. Check out our Public Archaeology Day at Rowan Oak on October 15th (or October 22nd, if weather prevents the 15th). There are also opportunities to be involved in the Behind the Big House Project in Holly Springs led by Dr. Jodi Skipper.
  • The Center for Archaeological Research, headed by Dr. Tony Boudreaux Dr. Tony Boudreaux, an expert in late prehistoric and Contact period Native American societies of the Northeastern United States, undertakes a wide range of archaeological projects in the region.
  • The Center for Population Studies, headed by Dr. John Green, provides exciting opportunities for engaged community research on issues including social inequality and population health. He is directing the new Society and Health minor in its first year.
  • The McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement is directed by Professor of Sociology, Dr. Albert Nylander. McLean is located on the 3rd floor in Howry Hall. Check out the McLean Institute website for their impressive agenda this year:
  • Field School Opportunities are available for hands-on research in Mississippi, Virginia, Bolivia and Central America led by Drs. Centellas, Freiwald, Meyers, and Boudreaux.
  • Graduate programs in Sociology and Anthropology. Contact Dr. Robbie Ethridge (, Graduate Coordinator in Anthropology, if you are interested in the MA in Anthropology. Contact Dr. Jeffrey Jackson (, Graduate Coordinator in Sociology, if you are interested in the MA in Sociology.

If you have any questions, we’re here to help. Contact us at (662) 915-7421 or stop by Lamar 510. Have a great year!


Kirsten Dellinger

Kirsten Dellinger

Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D, University of Texas
Lamar Hall 510  |  662-915-7327