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The Center for the Study of the American South is an academic hub that seeks to nurture rigorous scholarship, critical conversations, and creative expressions for a diverse and changing south.

The Center’s work includes Southern Cultures, an award-winning peer-reviewed quarterly, and the Southern Oral History Program, a nationally-recognized leader in oral history research, collection, and teaching. We also serve as hubs for Critical Ethnic Studies and the new Southern Futures initiative. 

As part of this mission, we offer critical conversations on topics in the diverse and changing south via our Hutchins, Chandler, and Charleston lecture series and allow a platform for artists via Art @ the Center, and many other live events. In addition to our programming, we also fund student and faculty research through grants and fellowships across many disciplines.


Center for the Study of the American South
CB# 9127, 410 East Franklin Street
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9127
(919) 962-5665  |  Fax (919) 962-4433
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Our typical hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.


The Center for the Study of the American South is located at 410 East Franklin Street, on the corner of Franklin Street and Battle Lane, in Chapel Hill, NC. We are located on the (free) CL, D, and F bus routes of Chapel Hill Transit.

Our on-site parking is very limited. The nearest public parking is on the street or at the parking deck on Rosemary Street. For weeknight and weekend parking, check UNC’s parking guide.


Malinda Maynor Lowery, Director

Terri Lorant, Administrative Manager, 919-962-0506

         Melody Hunter-Pillion, Associate Director of Communications & Strategy

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Southern Cultures

Harry L. Watson and Marcie Cohen Ferris, Editors

John Shelton Reed, Founding Editor Emeritus; Larry J. Griffin, Editor Emeritus

Ayse Erginer, Executive Editor

Emily Wallace, Deputy Editor

Emma Calabrese, Associate Editor

Ashley Melzer, Multimedia Production and Special Projects

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Southern Oral History Program

Rachel Seidman, Director, 919-962-5931

Sara Wood, Program Manager, 919-962-0525

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