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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!

We are currently OPEN during regular business hours M-F from 8-5, but we are working remotely.  For assistance or to set up an appointment for advising please call (662) 915-7421 or email evefre@olemiss.edu.

The pandemic is changing how we are teaching our courses and advising our majors and minors.  Most of our courses for Fall 2020 are being taught remotely or online in order to help keep us all safe.  As a result, your experiences and challenges this semester will be different than normal.  But we are here to help you.

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 will continue to make available the skills and tools that the social sciences have to offer—skills that are needed now more than ever.

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.

  • For those interested in advanced study, we offer MA programs in Sociology and Anthropology. Contact Dr. Tony Boudreaux (tboud@olemiss.edu), Graduate Coordinator in Anthropology, if you are interested in the MA in Anthropology. Contact Dr. Kirk Johnson (kjohnson@olemiss.edu), Graduate Coordinator in Sociology, if you are interested in the MA in Sociology.
  • The Center for Archaeological Research is headed by Dr. Tony Boudreaux. Dr. 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, directed by Lynn Woo, provides exciting opportunities for engaged community research on issues including social inequality and population health. It also houses the new Society and Health minor which is an excellent way to combine your interest in health with the social sciences.
  • 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.
  • We house important peer-reviewed journals in our Department. Dr. John Green is editor of Journal of Rural Social Sciences, journal of the Southern Rural Sociological Association.  And Dr. Anne Cafer is editor of Community Development Practice, journal for the Community Development Society.
  • Field School Opportunities are available for hands-on research in Mississippi, Virginia, Bolivia, Central America, and elsewhere!
  • 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.

Please take some time to become familiar with our exciting Department and be sure to follow us on social media for the latest news and developments!

If you have any questions, we’re here to help. Contact us at (662) 915-7421 or by emailing evefre@olemiss.edu or jacksonj@olemiss.edu

Please stay safe and be well!

Jeff Jackson

Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D, University of Texas
Race & Ethnicity, Development, Globalization
Lamar Hall 509  |  662-915-5230
jacksonj@olemiss.edu