Op-eds, Blogs, and Essays

These links represent my public writing about the American South, its history and culture, and the meaning of Confederate symbols (flags, monuments, etc.) in the contemporary South.


What’s the Matter With North Carolina? New York Times, December 21, 2016

The End of a Confederate Legacy: Vanderbilt’s Memorial Hall, Huffington Post, August 23, 2016

“Brutes” and “Thugs”: History and the Language of Criminalization, Huffington Post, July 29, 2016

“Confederate Monuments Don’t Belong on the Landscapes of Government,” Huffington Post, June 30, 2015

Please Stop Blaming the South for the Government Shutdown, Americablog,

A New Southern Strategy, New York Times, November 18, 2012

We’re Here, We’re Queer, Y’all, New York Times, October 3, 2012,

The South Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie, New York Times, September 18, 2011.

Online publications
It Was Always the River: Natchez on the Mississippi, South Writ Large, May 2017

Hillbilly Ingenuity: Tourism and Souvenirs, South Writ Large, Fall Issue, August 2015

Personal Blog
Pop South: Reflections on the South in American Popular Culture

Guest blog posts
Beyond the Kudzu: Reflections on the South in Pop Culture, a blog series for UNC Press Blog

Gone with the Wind as Southern History, originally published for UNC Press Blog on the Civil War at 150

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