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Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Mississippi

Simone Delerme

Biography | Research | Publications

Simone Delerme

McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies & Associate Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D, Rutgers University
Culture: Latin American Migration, Critical Race Theory, Language & Identity, Inequality
Lamar Hall 523  |  662-915-7421

Office Hours
By appointment

Anth 101 Introduction to Anthropology
Anth 302 Anthropological Films
Anth 621 Readings in Anthropology I

SSt 101 Introduction to Southern Studies I

SSt 402 Southern Studies Seminar: Culture

SSt 612 Globalization & the US South



Simone Delerme joined the University of Mississippi’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Center for the Study of Southern Culture in the fall of 2013. She specializes in migration to the US. South, with interests in race relations, integration and incorporation, community development, and social class inequalities. Delerme holds a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in liberal arts from the University of Delaware, as well as master’s and doctorate degrees in anthropology from Rutgers University. Delerme spent her childhood in a Puerto Rican concentrated enclave in Harlem, New York, and later developed an interest in Latin American and Caribbean studies while abroad in Havana, Cuba and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Shortly after her time in Latin America, Delerme conducted comparative ethnographic fieldwork among Puerto Rican migrants in Delaware and New York. The research for her first book, Latino Orlando: Suburban Transformation and Racial Conflict, focuses on Puerto Rican migration to Orlando, Floridaand the social class distinctions and racialization processes that create divergent experiences in Southern communities. Delerme’s work has been featured in several academic publications, including Southern Spaces, Southern Cultures, and Florida Historical Quarterly.


My research focuses on Hispanic migration to the South, and the social class distinctions and racialization processes that create divergent experiences in Southern spaces and places. My dissertation, “The Latinization of Orlando: Race, Class, and the Politics of Place,” focused on language ideologies, racial formation, and the embodied social class identities that impacted Hispanic migration, settlement, and incorporation in Central Florida. I specialize in the anthropology of the contemporary United States with interests in Hispanic migration, critical race theory, language ideologies, social class inequalities, and suburbanization. My new ethnographic research examines Hispanic migration to Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Selected Publications

2020 Latino Orlando:  Suburban Transformation and Racial Conflict, University Press of Florida.

2017 “65th Infantry Veteran’s Park: Contested Landscapes and Latinization in Greater Orlando,” Southern Cultures. Vol.23(4):116-125.
2017 “Reflections on Cultural Capital and Orlando’s Puerto Rican and Latino ‘Elite,’” Centro Journal. XXIX(3):74-96.
2017 “The Fractured American Dream: From Country Club Living to Suburban Slum in Latino Orlando,” Florida Historical Quarterly. Vol.95(3):383-426.
2016 “Language Ideologies and Racial Formation in Latino Orlando.” In Public Space, Public Policy, and Public Understanding of Race and Ethnicity in America: An Interdisciplinary Approach, edited by Teresa Booker. University of Akron Press, pp.105-120.

2014. “Language Ideologies and Racial Formation in Latino Orlando.” In Teresa Booker (ed.), Public Space, Public Policy, and Public Understanding of Race and Ethnicity in America. University of Akron Press.

2014. “Puerto Ricans Live Free: Race, Language, and Orlando’s Contested Soundscape.” Southern Spaces, March 24.

2013. “The Latinization of Orlando: Language, Whiteness, and the Politics of Place.” Centro Journal. 25 (2): 60-95.

2011. “Latinization of Space and the Memorialization of the Borinqueneers.” Anthropology News 52 (6): 4-15. doi:10.1111/j.1556-3502.2011.52604.x

2010. “Reflections from the Field: A Photo Essay of Buenaventura Lakes, FL.” Centro: Voices (Barrios Series).