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41st ASA Annual Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

April 5-8, 2018

Millennium Hotel,
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Journal of Appalachian Studies

Meet the Staff

Shaunna Scott, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Kentucky, began her editorship of the Journal of Appalachian Studies January 2013. She is a past president of the Appalachian Studies Association and the author of several articles on Central Appalachian coal communities.

Associate Editor:
Linda Spatig is a professor of educational leadership at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

Assistant Editor:
Christopher Leadingham is a doctoral student in the history department at the University of Kentucky.

Managing Editor:
Mary K. Thomas is the Executive Director of the Appalachian Studies Association headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

Assistant Managing Editor:
Ann E. Bryant, is the Office Manager of the Appalachian Studies Association headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

Book Review Editor:
Wendy Welch, with Health, Culture/Ethnography, and Economic Development, University of Virginia - Wise.

Books to be considered for review in the Journal of Appalachian Studies should be sent to:

Wendy Welch, Journal of Appalachian Studies Book Review Editor
Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap
404 Clinton Ave E
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Media Review Editor:

Gene Hyde is Head of Special Collections and University Archivist at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

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Editorial Board

Mary Anglin: Anthropology, University of Kentucky

Chad Berry: History, Berea College

Dwight Billings: Sociology, University of Kentucky

Martha Billips: Literature/Women’s and Mountain Literary Traditions, Transylvania University

Richard J. Callahan, Jr.: History, Religion, Folklore, and Folklife, University of Missouri

Rebecca Adkins Fletcher: Appalachian Studies, East Tennessee State University

Wilburn Hayden: Social Work, York University (Ontario)

Thomas Alan Holmes: Literature/Popular Culture, East Tennessee State University

John C. Inscoe: History, University of Georgia

Ronald L. Lewis: History, West Virginia University

Chad Montrie: History, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Richard P. Mulcahy: History and Political Science, University of Pittsburgh at Titusville

Phillip J. Obermiller: Urban Affairs, University of Cincinnati

Ted Olson: Appalachian Studies/Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies Program, East Tennessee State University

Douglas Reichart Powell: English, Columbia College Chicago

Erin Presley: Appalachian literature, Eastern Kentucky University

Mary Beth Pudup: Geography, University of California, Santa Cruz Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Anna Rachel Terman: Sociology, Ohio University

Karen Tice: Education and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky

Ann R. Tickamyer: Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University

Susan Williams: Education Coordinator, Highlander Research and Education Center

Barry Whittemore: History and Religion, University of North Georgia

International Board of Advisors

Lászlo Kulcsár: Rural Sociology, Gödölló University, Hungary

Margaret Mackay: Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Alessandro Portelli: English Studies, University of Rome, Italy

Gerald Preher: Southern Literature and Gender Issues, Institut Catholique de Lille and Université d'Angers

Carmen Rueda Ramos, American Studies, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

Carolyn Sachs: Rural Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Bruce Tucker: History, University of Windsor, Canada