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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 […]

James Thomas Selected as a Visiting Scholar by the Russell Sage Foundation

UM sociology professor will do one-year residency in New York City AUGUST 22, 2022 James M. Thomas, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been named a fellow in the Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars program for the 2022-2023 academic year. Established in 1907 to improve social and living conditions in the […]

Mark V. Frezzo Human Rights and Social Justice Award

Mark V. Frezzo Human Rights and Social Justice Award pdf This award is named after UM sociology Mark V. Frezzo, a scholar of human rights and “the right to science” as defined in Article 27 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He was loved and respected by students and colleagues for his dedication to […]

Anthropology Professor Gets Humanities Grant to Research Book Project

Kristin Gee Hickman receives National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends grant June 30, 2021 by Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi professor has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to fund preliminary research for a new book project she’s developing. Kristin Gee Hickman, an assistant professor of anthropology and international studies in […]

Sociology Graduate Student Gets National Science Foundation Internship

Yasmin McLaurin to spend summer working with program to stimulate competitive research May 24, 2021 by Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi sociology graduate student will spend 10 weeks this summer assisting a National Science Foundation program in developing a communication strategy. Bay Springs native Yasmin McLaurin, who is pursuing a master’s degree in sociology, […]

Brian Foster, UM assistant professor of sociology and Southern studies delivers the keynote speech at the 2019 spring convocation for the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Foster, the university’s honoree for Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year, is slated to give the program’s annual lecture virtually on March 8. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Brian Foster Named Humanities Teacher of the Year

Sociology and Southern studies professor enjoys designing courses to challenge and engage students DECEMBER 15, 2020 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY Brian Foster is enjoying quite a successful conclusion to a wild ride of a year: the University of North Carolina Press published his book, he learned he would be co-editor of a prestigious sociology journal and […]

UM Researchers Part of Team Studying Louisiana Fishing Communities

Project explores how ecological and socioeconomic changes affect coastal region’s people, economy DECEMBER 8, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART A pair of University of Mississippi researchers are members of a multiuniversity project exploring the effects of freshwater inputs into coastal Louisiana salt marsh ecosystems and the resulting impacts on the recreational fishing industry. Vanessa Parks and […]

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Center for Population Studies and Partners Host Hunger Summit

Summit helps nonprofits respond to COVID-19 and food insecurity in Mississippi DECEMBER 1, 2020 BY ELIZABETH SWEENEY The University of Mississippi‘s Center for Population Studies has partnered with two regional community organizations to launch the 2020 Hunger Summit, which provides a venue for community organizations and their partners to share information and support during the […]