Academic Appointment

2014-Present, Assistant Professor, Arch Dalrymple III Department of History and Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi


Ph.D., History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014. 

M.A., Women’s History, Sarah Lawrence College, 2006.

B.A., English, Carson-Newman College, 2003.

Selected Publications   

To Live Here, You Have To Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice, forthcoming, University of Illinois Press (The Working Class in American History Series).

Book Chapter

“Mill Mother ‘Just A’waiting for a Strike’: Ella May Wiggins” in North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, eds. Michele Gillespie and Sally McMillen (University of Georgia Press, 2015).


“The Company Owns the Mine But They Don’t Own Us: Feminist Critiques of Capitalism in the Appalachian South,” Gender & History 28, no. 1 (April 2016): 199-220. Recipient of the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for the best article in women’s history, from the Southern Association for Women Historians.

“Mountain Feminist: Helen Matthews Lewis, Appalachian Studies, and the Long Women’s Movement,” from an interview by Jessica Wilkerson, compiled and introduced by Jessica Wilkerson and David P. Cline, in Southern Cultures 17, no. 3 (Fall 2011): 48-65.

“Out Front and Strong: Local Women of the Tennessee Committee on Occupational Safety and Health,” in Working USA: Journal of Labor and Society 11, no. 4 (December 2008): 477-498.

Selected Fellowships and Honors

A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for best article in southern women's history, Southern Association for Women Historians, 2017.

Visiting Scholar, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (One year research fellowship), 2016-2017. 

Lerner-Scott Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in women’s history, Organization of American Historians, 2015.

Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation, Labor and Working-Class History Association, 2015.

American Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 2013-2014.

Moody Research Grant, Lyndon B. Johnson Library, 2013.

Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, Berea College, 2012.

Gender & History Graduate Student Paper Prize, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, 2011.

Archie K. Davis Fellowship, Southern Oral History Program, 2010.

Archie Green Occupational Folklife Graduate Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2010.

Invited Talks and Lectures

“Forty Years of the Working Class in America Series: Looking Forward and Back,” The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, 2018.

“Reading Foxfire,” Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium, Oxford, MS, 2018.

“Till the People are Fed: Appalachian Women, Food, and Protest,” Appalachian Food Summit, Bridgeport, WV, 2018.

"Who Gets to Speak for Appalachia? Gender, Memory, and History," women's history month lecture, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, 2018.

"A Movement of Caregivers in the Appalachian South,” Western Carolina University’s History Department and the Appalachian Women’s Museum, Cullowhee, NC, 2016.

“The Welfare Rights Movement in the Appalachian South,” Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, 2015.

“A Sense of Fairness Beyond Me and Mine: Oral Histories of Women’s Lives and Activism in the Appalachian South,” Women’s History Month Lecture, Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC, 2013.

Conference Papers

“Citizen Caregivers: Women, Gender, and Capitalism in the Mountain South,” Southern Association for Women Historians,” June 2018, University of Alabama.

New Directions in Southern Women’s Labor History, Southern Labor Studies Association, May 2018, University of Georgia.

"A Big Net: The Welfare Rights Movement in the Appalachian South," Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexualities June 2017, Hofstra University.

“Gendered Poverty and the History of the Community Health Movement in the Appalachian South,” roundtable presentation accepted for the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexualities, June 2017, Hofstra University.

“Historians and Feminists: an Intergenerational Conversation,” invited participant at Veteran Feminists of America conference, Durham, North Carolina, March 30-31.

“The Welfare Rights Movement in Appalachia,” paper presented at the Southern Labor Studies biannual meeting, March 2017, Tampa, FL. 

“Forty Years Later: Chronicles from the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health,” paper presented at the Oral History Association annual meeting, October 2016, Long Beach, CA.

“Survival and Economic Issues Are Women’s Issues: Feminism in the Appalachian South in the 1970s,” paper presented at the American Historical Association annual meeting, January 2016, Atlanta, GA.

“Finding Southern Feminism: Oral History, Archives, and the Challenges of Researching Feminism in the South: A Roundtable Discussion,” Southern Association of Women Historians triennial meeting, June 2015, Charleston, SC.

 Invited participant on the roundtable “Women and the War on Poverty,” Urban History Association annual meeting, October 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

“Visualizing Sound: Building New Ways to Interact with Oral History,” panelist on roundtable at the Oral History Association annual meeting, October 2013, Oklahoma City, OK.

“‘We Have to Carry It Forward’: Bessie Lou Cornett and the Quest for Economic Justice in the Coal Fields of Appalachia,” paper presented at the Labor and Working-Class History Association meeting, June 2013, New York, NY.

“The Appalachian Movement and the 1969 Takeover of the Council of Southern Mountains,” paper presented at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting, November 2012, Mobile, AL.

“‘I’ve stirred up more than a little for the women’: Eula Hall, Gender Equality, and Poor People’s Rights in the Appalachian Movement,” paper presented at the Southern Association for Women Historians Conference, June 2012, at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.

“Building an Archive: Working-Class Women’s Stories of Activism in the 1970s and 1980s,” co-authored with Joey Fink, paper presented at the Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, April 2012, Milwaukee.

“Where Movements Meet: Generations of Women’s Activism in the Appalachian South,” paper presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, June 9-11, 2011, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Public History Experience

Researcher and Audit Editor for the Civil Rights History Project, a project for the Smithsonian’s  African American History and Culture Museum, 2011-2013.

Curator for “Mapping the Long Women’s Movement,” a joint project of the Digital Innovation Lab and the Southern Oral History Program, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012-2013.

Field Scholar, Southern Oral history Program, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2009-2012.

Professional Memberships and Service           

Committees/Professional Organizations        

Editorial Board, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History

Editorial Board, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Board Member, Labor and Working-Class History Association

Secretary, Southern Labor Studies Association (Board Member, 2016-2018)

SAWH Membership Committee (2014-2016)

OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession (2013-2014)


Labor and Working-Class History Association

Appalachian Studies Association

Oral History Association

Southern Association for Women’s Historians

Southern Labor Studies Association