William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus Department of Sociology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
U.S. citizen, born 8 January 1942 314-V Carolina Meadows Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517
1964 S.B. in Economics, Politics, and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Major: political science; minor: mathematics
1971 Ph.D. in sociology, "with distinction," Columbia University Bureau of Applied Social Research Training Fellow; National Science Foundation Fellow, assistant to Paul F. Lazarsfeld and Herbert H. Hyman
1999 Litt.D., University of the South
2000 L.H.D., University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Positions at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Department of Sociology: Instructor (1969‑70), Assistant Professor (1970‑74), Associate Professor (1974‑80), Professor (since 1980), Kenan Professor (1990-2000).
Curriculum in American Studies: Adjunct Professor (1981‑2000).
Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science: Director (1988‑2000).
Center for the Study of the American South: Acting Director (1992-95), Chair, Administrative Board (1995-96); Advisory Board (2006- ).
Other positions held
Yale University: Poynter Visiting Fellow in Journalism (Spring 2016)
Elected Honorary Fellow, St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, 2017.
First place, National Barbecue Association Awards of Excellence, 2017 (for Holy Smoke).
Infant Mystics (Mobile, Ala.), 150th Anniversary History Council, 2016.
Elected Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, 2011.
Finalist, International Association of Culinary Professionals American Cookbook Award, 2009 (for Holy Smoke).
Southern Cultures Special Issue, "The South According to Reed," Spring 2001.
Elected member: Sociological Research Association, 1989 Southern Intellectual History Circle, 1990 Historical Society of North Carolina, 1990 St. George Tucker Society, 1991 Southern Texts Society, 1995 North Carolina Writers Conference, 2000.
Florida Magazine Association, Silver Prize for Best Feature Article, 2004.
Council of Editors of Learned Journals, Second Place, Distinguished Editor Award, 2004.
North Carolina Sociological Association, Contributions to Sociology Award, 2000.