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Mississippi Historical Society Recognizes Slavery Research Group

Group recognized for cross-disciplinary approach to discovering history of enslaved people The Mississippi Historical Society has honored the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group for its work in telling the stories of enslaved people across the South. The Mississippi Historical Society recognized the UM Slavery Research Group among 15 others that are working to preserve […]

Tessa Cascio (left), a senior anthropology major from Gautier, and Wes Newton, a senior anthropology major from Guntown, inspect a possible artifact found at Rowan Oak as a part of their class’s public archaeology dig. The project is part of an effort to uncover the lives of enslaved peoples who lived and worked at the townhome in the antebellum period. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Rowan Oak Welcomes Guests for ‘Before Faulkner’ Public Archaeology Day

Students aid in digging up antebellum history of Faulkner’s historic homestead OCTOBER 9, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE The University of Mississippi Department of Sociology and Anthropology is partnering with Rowan Oak and the Oxford community to better understand the history of the property before it became William Faulkner’s home. Students are excavating the property surrounding […]

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Fulbright-Hays Award to Fund Study Abroad Project in Bolivia

Kate Centellas and 10 students to investigate health care disparities in Latin America SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Ten University of Mississippi students will travel to Bolivia next summer to study the impacts and intricacies of public health anthropology as a part of professor Kate Centellas’ recent Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Award. For more than a decade, […]


Sociology Professor Asks, ‘What Drives Extremists to Violence?’

Ana Velitchkova earns Kroc Peace Fellowship to continue research on violence AUGUST 16, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE University of Mississippi professor Ana Velitchkova will spend the next semester studying the violent behaviors of extremists as part of a fellowship with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. With more than 300 […]

Annie Cafer

Center for Population Studies Gets FCC Grant to Boost Broadband Access

UM Center recognized as ‘trusted messenger’ to bridge digital divide JULY 5, 2023 BY DEBBIE NELSON The Federal Communications Comission has awarded the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies  $350,000 through the new Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program.   The center – which the FCC has recognized as a “trusted messenger” – will use the […]

Jesse Tune

Ice Age Expert Named Director of UM Archaeology Center

Jesse Tune to bring cutting-edge methodologies to university JULY 3, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Archaeologist and Ice Age expert Jesse Tune will join the faculty at the University of Mississippi July 1 as the new director of the Center for Archaeological Research.   For the past six years, Tune has studied landscapes of the earliest humans […]


Senior Named Inaugural Frezzo Award Winner

Honors College student conducts research on critical race theory MAY 1, 2023 BY TINA H. HAHN Te’keyra Shelton, a senior from Tupelo, is the inaugural Mark V. Frezzo Human Rights and Social Justice Award winner at the University of Mississippi and recently discussed her research in a campus program. The scholarship award tributes the life […]

Annie Cafer

CPS Testifies for MS Senate Study Group

Read the WLBT-NBC report, Senate study committee concludes hearings on women, children and families, featuring this quote from Anne Cafer, associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for Population Studies at the University of Mississippi: “Our current legal landscape means that we can expect 5,000 more births this year and likely each year […]

Eva Payne (center), UM associate professor of history, speaks with Madeline Burdine (left), a first-year graduate sociology and anthropology student, and Angie Rankin, a second-year sociology graduate student, about their display for the Queer Mississippi Exhibit in the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the J.D. Williams Library. The exhibit uses university archival materials and quotes from the Queer Mississippi Oral History project to show the history of LGBTQ+ people in the state. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Queer Mississippi on Display at J.D. Williams Library

Graduate students gather, curate LGBTQ+ materials for exhibition DECEMBER 7, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE Eleven University of Mississippi graduate students have curated an exhibition of LGBTQ+ Mississippi materials as a part of a multidisciplinary study on the history of the queer South. Amy McDowell, associate professor of sociology, and Eva Payne, assistant professor of history, […]

UM Community Remembers Sociology Professor Willa Johnson

Memorial service set for Nov. 28 at Paris-Yates Chapel NOVEMBER 22, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT Willa Johnson was undeniably a hero in her own right, championing diversity at the University of Mississippi all while gaining national acclaim for her scholarship and expertise. The professor of sociology, who died Nov. 7, taught for 23 years. She […]