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Faculty Profile

Jodi Skipper

Sociology & Anthropology
Associate Professor of Anthropology
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522 Lamar Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7421
Joined UM: June 1, 2011

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Brief Bio

I received my BA in history from Grambling State University in 1998. It is there that I began to develop an interest in African diaspora archaeology, which I studied at Florida State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Through those institutions, I received a MA and PhD in Anthropology, with a focus on historical archaeology. My MA thesis was a historical and archaeological analysis of one plantation-owning family in Leon County, Florida and my dissertation investigated the application of public archaeology and other methods of historic preservation at the historic St. Paul United Methodist Church community in the Arts District of Dallas, Texas. As a graduate student, I worked for several private and federal cultural resource management institutions, including the National Park Service. After completing my dissertation, I accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies. I joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi in 2011. In addition to teaching, I enjoy traveling to historic sites and attending food festivals. I am an applied anthropologist, who explores the representation of African American lives through material culture. My theoretical approach draws on contextual emphases in public history, public archaeology, and cultural representations in museum studies. I established a foundation for intersecting these fields through my dissertation work on the St. Paul United Methodist Church, an historically African American church in the Dallas, Texas arts district. I examined the church community's prospects of preserving its historic building and historical legacy through two heritage projects; one in which archaeologists excavated a shotgun house site on the church property and a public history project in which I created an interpretive history exhibition on the church. During my time at the University of Mississippi, I extended my focus by investigating how African American historic sites interact with the production of heritage in tourism spaces through two new projects, the Behind the Big House program in Marshall County, Mississippi and the Promiseland Historic Preservation project in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. My research interests include African diaspora anthropology, historic sites management, historical archaeology, museum and heritage studies, and southern studies. I more specifically explore how African American pasts are represented in the present.


Grambling State University (1998)
Florida State University (2002)
University of Texas at Austin (2010)