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Southern Studies Faculty speaking & writing on religion, politics, ideology

Posted by: Julia Eichelberger | December 6, 2017 | No Comment |

What have Gibbs Knotts, Shari Rabin, Mike Lee, Matthew Cressler, and Joe Kelly been saying and writing lately?  Part 2 of “What We’re Saying About the South.”

Shari Rabin

Gibbs Knotts

Mike Lee

Joe Kelly

Matthew Cressler

By Gibbs Knotts

By Shari Rabin

By Mike Lee






Gibbs Knotts (Political Science) discussed the November elections in South Carolina. This fall Professor Knotts has been teaching his “Southern Politics,” this fall, and he visited the Intro to Southern Studies class to discuss his recent book, The Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of Its People.

Shari Rabin, who teaches courses on Southern Jewish history and directs the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for the Study of Jewish Culture, wrote an op-ed for the Post & Courier with Joshua Shanes about a bill before the South Carolina legislature. Dr. Rabin and has just published Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America with NYU press.

Communication professor Mike Lee spoke at MIT about the topic of his recent book, conservatism in public discourse. Professor Lee received two national awards for this book. In November he talked to the Southern Studies Working Group about his new work in progress, a book on the concept of secession in American political discourse.

By Matthew Cressler

Matthew Cressler (Religious Studies), who specializes in African American religions and who recently taught a course on “Interfaith Atlanta,” recently discussed Black Power and black Catholics in the Atlantic and on the NYU Press blog. His book, Authentically Black and Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration, was just published by NYU Press.

By Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly (English, Irish & Irish-American Studies) wrote an op-ed about 21st Century South Carolina residents and the Heritage Act. Dr. Kelly, author of numerous works on Irish literature as well as the book America’s Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March Toward Civil War, will soon be publishing a book on Americans’ interpretations of colonial Jamestown, castaways, and maroons.




under: C of C Program in Southern Studies, Ideologies, Politics, Religion in the South

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