#SFAGrad: Oral History

The Southern Foodways Alliance, along with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi, will host our fourth annual Graduate Student Conference at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, September 19-20. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Meet the presenters of our oral history panel.

Oral History

Monday, September 19

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.


“The Mill in Meat Camp: An Oral History of Family, Food, and Place”

Cody Miller is a Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental and Agricultural History at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.  He currently lives in Boone, North Carolina, where he is an instructor at Appalachian State University.


“Swamp Pop”

Rebecca Lauck Cleary is a second-year Southern Studies master’s student at the University of Mississippi, as well as the senior staff assistant and website administrator at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. She is excited to present a project about her home state of Louisiana.


“Past and Present Foodways in Southeast Kentucky”

Abby Huggins is a MA student in Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. As a part of her thesis, Abby is exploring Appalachian foodways through oral history in and around Letcher County, Kentucky.

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“A Mess of Feesh: Family, Food, and Fishing on Harkers Island”

Dan Smith earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Duke University’s program in Experimental and Documentary Arts in 2016. A self-taught photographer and formally-trained political scientist, Dan’s recent work explores the intersection of the globalized economy and local cultural industries.