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University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group
The University of Mississippi


The University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group includes faculty members across 17 academic departments working to learn more about the history of slavery in Oxford and on our campus.

Leadership Team

Jeff Jackson

Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology & Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Race and Ethnicity, Development, and Globalization
Lamar Hall 509  |  662-915-5230

Charles K. Ross

Director, Professor of History 
PhD, Ohio State University
African-American Sports, 20th-century South
Longstreet Hall 309  |  662-915-5977

Jodi Skipper

Associate Professor of Anthropology & Southern Studies
PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Historical Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Museum Studies, and African Diaspora
Lamar Hall 522  |  662-915-3468

Anne Twitty

Associate Professor of History
PhD, Princeton University
Slavery and the Law, Antebellum America
Bishop Hall 303  |  662-915-5360


Mikaëla M. Adams, assistant professor of history
Joel Amidon, assistant professor of secondary education
Deborah E. Barker, associate professor of English
Tony Boudreaux, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Archaeological Research
Chet Bush, graduate student, history
Donald Cole, assistant provost, assistant to the Chancellor for multicultural affairs, Office of the Chancellor, and associate professor of mathematics
Kirsten Dellinger, chair and professor of sociology and anthropology
Leigh Anne Duck, associate professor of English
Jennifer Ford, associate professor and head of Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries
Deborah Freeland, graphic designer for Outreach
Carolyn Freiwald, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology
Shennette Garrett-Scott, assistant professor of history and African American Studies
Phillis George, assistant professor of leadership and counselor education
William D. Griffith, curator of Rowan Oak
Zachary Kagan Guthrie, assistant professor of history
Kirk Johnson, associate professor of sociology and African American Studies
Marc Lerner, associate professor of history
Andrew Marion, graduate student, history
Katie McKee, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and associate professor of English
Leigh McWhite, political papers archivist and associate professor, University Libraries
KB Melear, associate professor of leadership and counselor education
Maureen Meyers, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology
John Neff, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Civil War Research
Ted Ownby, professor of history and Southern Studies, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture
Mandy Perryman, assistant professor of leadership and counselor education
Paul J. Polgar, assistant professor of history
Jarod Roll, associate professor of history
Elaine Roussel Abadie, communications, College of Liberal Arts
Robert Saarnio, director of the University Museum & Historic Houses
Jodi Skipper, assistant professor of anthropology and Southern Studies
Christina Steube, communications specialist, University Communications
Jennifer Stollman, academic director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
Anne Twitty, associate professor of history
Jay Watson,  Howry Chair in Faulkner Studies and professor of English
Amy Wells Dolan, associate professor of higher education
Dawn Wilkins, chair and professor of computer and information science
Kris Zediker, web developer for Outreach