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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! The 2019-20 academic year promises to be exciting. We are on the 5th floor of Lamar Hall and have great views of the campus! Come visit us. 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 have a lot in store for you …

  • 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 (, Graduate Coordinator in Anthropology, if you are interested in the MA in Anthropology. Contact Dr. Kirk Johnson (, Graduate Coordinator in Sociology, if you are interested in the MA in Sociology.
  • We are pleased to introduce new faculty members this year. Kristin Hickman is Croft Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Studies. Her research examines the relationship between language, politics, and cultural production in contemporary urban Morocco.  Learn more about all of our faculty by checking out our faculty pages in Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Our Department Lecture Series will continue this Fall and Spring on selected Fridays, generally, at NOON in Lamar 555 and will feature the current research of our own faculty and invited guests. See our calendar for upcoming dates and titles.
  • 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, headed by Dr. John Green, provides exciting opportunities for engaged community research on issues including social inequality and population health. He also directs the new Society and Health minor and is the point of contact for the “Pathways to Well Being” Flagship Research Constellation Initiative.
  • 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. Robbie Ethridge is the North American editor of Ethnohistory, the flagship journal for the American Society for Ethnohistory.  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 Zambia led by Drs. Boudreaux, Meyers, K. Centellas, M. Centellas, Freiwald, and Cafer.
  • 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.

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!


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