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The Southern Foodways Alliance is an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.


The SFA underwrites two Nathalie Dupree Graduate Fellowships each academic year. These fellowships are available to qualified students in the Southern Studies MA program at the University of Mississippi.

Bethany Fitts

Bethany Fitts was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2019 with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. Her senior thesis used hybrid nonfiction and poetry to explore family, religion, and grief within the Southern context. She has interned with the Sunflower County Freedom Project in Sunflower, Mississippi, and the Merwin Conservancy in Kahului, Hawai’i. Following graduation, she received a Fulbright scholarship and taught English in the Czech Republic during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Catherine Jessee

A Virginia native, Catherine Jessee comes to Mississippi by way of New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area where she has worked on multiple editorial and communications teams. With a focus on Appalachian history and place, she is eager to dig deeper where food systems intersect with or diverge from social movement, justice, and activism. She holds a BA in American Studies and English from the University of Virginia.

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