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Faculty Profile

Bruce O'Brian Foster

Sociology & Anthropology
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY & SOUTHERN STUDIES
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510 LAMAR HALL
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-7421
Joined UM: August 18, 2016

Brief Bio

I earned a Bachelor's degree in African American Studies from the University of Mississippi in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. My research takes a critical, interdisciplinary, and multi-method approach to the study of race, culture, and inequality, with particular attention to post-soul (i.e., post-1970's) black cultures in the rural American South. In general, my work addresses two questions: how have rural southern communities changed in the fifty-plus years since the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and what are the perspectives and experiences of black southerners living in these contexts? Geographically, much of my work is set in the Mississippi Delta. In a recent project, I examine the racial and place-making epistemologies of black residents of Clarksdale, Mississippi. In the study, I trace the demographic and economic profile of Clarksdale since the 1970's, document the town's economic reliance on blues tourism, and interrogate local responses to these and other development strategies. While I center black communities and the rural American South in much of my work, I also study and write about popular culture and racial inequality in education. To the former, I am interested in how black publics signify on and through cultural forms like hip-hop and institutions like the church to imagine new ontologies and racial possibilities. To the latter, I am interested in how young people experience the classroom and the school, and how they think about schooling and educational achievement in the broader contexts of their lives.

Degrees

MA
Sociology
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL/ CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROL (2013)
PhD
Sociology
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2017)