Karen L. Cox is an award-winning historian who has written op-eds for the New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, TIME magazine, Publishers Weekly, and the Huffington Post. Her expertise on the American South has led to interviews with the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Mic, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, Slate (France), the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the Houston Chronicle, and the Charlotte Observer, as well as international newspapers in Germany, Denmark, Ireland, and Japan. She has also appeared on CNN with Brooke Baldwin, MSNBC, BBC Newshour, Black Politics Today, The Mike Smerconish Show (Sirius XM), C-SPAN, Canadian Public Broadcasting, Minnesota Public Radio, Georgia Public Radio, and Charlotte Talks.
In 2019, she appeared in Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ PBS documentary, Reconstruction: America after the Civil War and in the BBC production American History’s Biggest Fibs with British historian Lucy Worsley. A Vox video based on her book Dixie’s Daughters has been viewed more than 2 million times.
Cox is the author of three books and numerous essays and articles on the subject of southern history and culture. Her first book, Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture, won the 2004 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize from the Southern Association for Women Historians for the Best Book in Southern Women’s History. Her second book, published in 2011, is Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture. She is also the editor of Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History, published in 2012, which won the an award for the Best Edited Book on North American material culture. Cox is also the co-editor of Reassessing the 1930s South She authored the blog Pop South: Reflections on the South in Popular Culture where she wrote over 100 essays about representations of the region and its people in popular media.
Her most recent book, Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South, was released by in October 2017. She is currently working on a book about the Rhythm Club Fire that took the lives more than 200 African Americans in Natchez, Mississippi, on April 23, 1940.
Cox is originally from Huntington, West Virginia, and is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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