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Meet the Staff and Editorial Board


Rebecca Scott, associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri, began her editorship of the Journal of Appalachian Studies in February 2020. She has published several articles on coal mining, culture, and environmental issues and is the author of Removing Mountains: Extracting Nature and Identity in the Appalachian Coalfields (University of Minnesota Press 2010). 

Associate Editor: 

Christopher L. Leadingham is the associate editor of the Journal of Appalachian Studies. He received a PhD in history from the University of Kentucky and has worked with the journal in various capacities since 2012. 


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: 

Carson E. Benn with Lincoln Memorial University


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


Carson Benn, Journal of Appalachian Studies Book Review Editor

104 Concannon Ln

Avery Hall, Room 204

Harrogate, TN 37752


Media Review Editor: 

Matthew Ryan Sparks, Doctoral student in the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel


Editorial Board:

  • Chad Berry, History Berea College

  • Dwight Billings, Sociology University of Kentucky

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

  • Alison Buck, Sociology Eastern Kentucky University

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

  • Cicero M. Fain, III, African American & Black Appalachian History Marshall University

  • 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

  • James Maples, Sociology Eastern Kentucky University

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

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

  • Edwina Pendarvis, professor emeritus, College of Education and Human Services, Marshall University

  • Douglas Reichert Powell, English Columbia College, Chicago

  • Erin Presley, Appalachian Literature Eastern Kentucky University

  • Mary Beth Pudup, Geography University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Gloria G. Raheja, Anthropology University of Minnesota

  • Shaunna L. Scott, Sociology University of Kentucky

  • Anna Rachel Terman, Sociology Ohio University

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

  • Barry Whittemore, History and Religion University of North Georgia

  • Susan Williams, Education Coordinator Highlander Research and Education Center


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

  • Michael Ward, Education, Gender, and Social Inequality; Swansea University, Wales

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