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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: 

Meredith McCarroll was born and raised in Waynesville, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University, and later earned a Masters from Simmons College and a PhD from University of Tennessee. She is author of Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film (2018) and co-editor of Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy. She lives now in Portland, Maine where she writes and teaches writing.

Editorial Board:

  • Chad Berry, History Berea College

  • Dwight Billings, Sociology University of Kentucky

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

  • Wesley R. Bishop, History Jacksonville State University (Alabama)

  • Alison Buck, Sociology Eastern Kentucky University

  • Richard J. Callahan, Jr., History, Religion, Folklore, and Folklife Gonzaga University

  • 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

  • Christopher L. Leadingham, History University of Kentucky

  • 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 Goodwin Raheja, Anthropology University of Minnesota

  • Rachel Rosolina, Publishing; Appalshop

  • 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

  • Jacqueline Yahn, Education Ohio University

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, Book Review Editor

Journal of Appalachian Studies

104 Concannon Ln

Avery Hall, Room 204

Harrogate, TN 37752


Media Review Editor: 

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

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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