Charles Reagan Wilson

Charles Reagan Wilson was born in Nashville, Tennessee and received his doctorate from the University of Texas. After teaching in Texas and Germany, Wilson moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he helped grow the Center for the Study of Southern Culture (CSSC). He served as CSSC’s director from 1998 until 2007. Under his leadership, the SFA found a home at the University of Mississippi. Wilson retired from University of Mississippi in 2014. He is the author of Baptized in Blood and Judgment and Grace in Dixie. He is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and The Mississippi Encyclopedia.

Date of interview:

January 31, 2005

Interviewer:

Amy C. Evans

Charles Reagan Wilson - SFA Founder
Whenever I give lectures about the South, I often bring food into it as illustrations of points. I think that in studying culture there’s so much now about the importance of symbolism and ritual about the imagery and the performance of culture, and food can relate to that.

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