University of Mississippi



Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi! The 2014-15 academic year promises to be exciting. Come visit us in our new home—the 5th floor of Lamar Hall! 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 and Anthropology provide a “map” of the exciting elements of our discipline. Upper division and graduate courses provide deeper insights into faculty members’ areas of expertise.
  • Four new faculty members in Sociology and Anthropology have joined us this year! Dr. James Thomas (Sociology) studies social inequalities, race and racism, embodiment, and power. Dr. Amy McDowell (Sociology) specializes in religion, culture, gender and sexuality. Dr. Catarina Passidomo (Anthropology and Southern Studies) uses food and foodways as lenses for studying culture, identity, race, space, and power. Dr. Shine Choi, a one-year Korea Foundation Visiting Professor, will teach courses for the Croft International Studies and our Department. She specializes in relations between North and South Korea.
  • Our Department Lecture Series will start back this Spring on Fridays at NOON in Lamar 555 and will feature the current research of Dr. Molly Zuckerman from Mississippi State, Brian Foster, Ph.D Candidate from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and our own Dr. Amy McDowell, Dr. Jay Johnson, and Dr. Willa Johnson. 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, headed this year by Dr. Willa Johnson and Dr. John Sonnett, continues to use academic research on race to create social change in our own institution and surrounding communities.
  • 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.
  • 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, Bolivia, and Central America led by Drs. Johnson, Centellas, and Freiwald. Dr. Jay Johnson directs the Center for Archeological Research and has an active research agenda with ongoing projects in the state.
  • Graduate programs in Sociology and Anthropology. Contact Dr. Jay Johnson (, 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

Chair, Sociology and Anthropology