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), William Rand Kenan Jr. 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) Clare Hall, Cambridge University: Visiting Fellow (Fall 2010) The Citadel: Mark Clark Visiting Professor of History and Lieutenant Colonel, Unorganized Militia of South Carolina (Fall 2007). Louisiana State University: Visiting Professor of Sociology (Fall 2006). Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina: Watson-Brown Visiting Professor (Fall 2005). Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi: Visiting Scholar (Fall 2004). All Souls College, Oxford University: Visiting Fellow (Spring 2004). East Tennessee State University: Wayne G. Basler Chair for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric, and Science (Fall 2002). Institute of United States Studies, University of London: Visiting Professor (Spring 2002). Centre College: Humana Visiting Scholar (January 2002; January 2004; January 2007). Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences: Fellow (1990-91, Spring 2001). University of Cambridge: Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions and Fellow, St Catharine's College (1996-97). Millsaps College: Eudora Welty Professor of Southern Studies (Spring 1993). Auburn University: Franklin Visiting Professor (April 1990) Fulbright-Hays Distinguished Lecturer, India (Spring 1988). Meredith College: Kenan Visiting Scholar (Spring 1986). National Humanities Center Institute for High School History Teachers: Staff (Summers 1985, 1986). National Humanities Center: Fellow (1983-84). Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, "Continuity and Change in Southern Culture," Chapel Hill (Summers 1980, 1982, 1983). Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center, Bellagio: Scholar in residence (1981). St Antony's College, Oxford University: Senior Associate Member (1977-78). U.S. Information Service/Federal Republic of Germany residential seminar on the American South, Falkenstein, West Germany: Staff (Summer 1977). Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Departments of Sociology and American Studies: Fulbright-Hays Visiting Senior Lecturer (1973-74). Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Institute in Secondary Analysis of Survey Data: Staff (Summer 1973).
Miscellaneous professional activities and honors
Elected member: Sociological Research Association, 1989 Southern Intellectual History Circle, 1990 Historical Society of North Carolina, 1990 St. George Tucker Society, 1991 Order of the Golden Fleece (UNC--Chapel Hill), 1994 Southern Texts Society, 1995 North Carolina Writers Conference, 2000 North Caroliniana Society, 2019
Order of the Long Leaf Pine, presented 2023. Elected Honorary Fellow, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge University, 2017. Elected Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, 2011. National Barbecue and Grilling Association Award of Excellence [for Holy Smoke], 2017. The Campaign for Real Barbecue: Co-founder (2013) and Éminence Grease. Infant Mystics (Mobile, Ala.), 150th Anniversary History Council, 2016. Nominating Committee, Barbecue Hall of Fame (2015- 22). Finalist, International Association of Culinary Professionals American Cookbook Award [for Holy Smoke], 2009. Judge, Delta Hot Tamale Festival, Greenville, Mississippi, 2013. Southern Cultures Special Issue, "The South According to Reed," Spring 2001. John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professorship of Southern Studies established by UNC, 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. Southern Living, Outstanding Southerner Award, 1998. Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook, Tomahawk Chop Award for deadliest book review of 1995. Fellowship of Southern Writers: Cecil Woods Jr. Award for Non-Fiction, 1995; elected member, 2000; chancellor, 2009-11. Southern Historical Association, session on "Assessing the Influence of John Shelton Reed," Louisville, November 1994. Presidential appointee, National Council on the Humanities (1987‑92; chairman, Fellowships and Seminars Committee, 1992). Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1977‑78). Southern Association for Public Opinion Research: President, 1999-2000. Southern Sociological Society: President, 1988‑89; Roll of Honor, 2013. American Association for Public Opinion Research: Conference Committee (1982‑83, 1986‑87); Nominating Committee (1988‑89); made Honorary Life Member, 2000. Southern Historical Association: Program Committee (1985‑86). North Carolina Sociological Association: Board (1979‑82); other offices. North Carolina Literary and Historical Society: Executive Committee (1999-2003 ). Southern Cultures: Founder and Co-editor (1992-2000 ). Social Forces: Book Review Editor (1972‑96); Associate Editor (1970‑72, 1996-2000 ). The American Sociologist: Editorial Advisory Board (1995-2000 ). Sociological Forum: Editorial Board (1992-96). Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture: Corresponding Editor (1986‑97). Plantation Society in the Americas: Editorial Board (1987‑2000 ). Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Senior Consultant (1981‑87). Perspectives on the American South: Co‑founder and editor (1979‑82). American Journal of Sociology: Consulting Editor (1980‑82). Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups: Advisory Council (1975‑79). "Minds of the South" series, University Press of Virginia: Advisory Board (1988‑2000). General Social Survey, Development Committee, 1990. National Humanities Center Lecturer, 1996. Lamar Lecturer, Mercer University, 1987. Dramaturg, Kudzu (musical comedy), 1998. National Humanities Center: Selection Committee (1988‑89). Judge, Memphis-in-May International Barbecue Cook-Off, 1992. Judge, Delta Hot Tamale Festival, Tamale Cooking Contest, 2013. Ingersoll Prize Selection Committee, The Rockford Institute, 1993. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: N.C. State Advisory Committee (1985‑87). Academic Advisory Committee, John Locke Foundation (1989‑95). Academic Advisory Committee, James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal [formerly John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy] (2003- ). Main Street Committee, The Rockford Institute, 1989‑97. Family Health International: Institutional Review Board (1984‑89, 1999-2000; chairman 1987‑89). Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi: National Advisory Board (1980‑2000). Center for Youth Study of Southern Culture, Advent Episcopal Day School, Birmingham: Advisory Board (1999). Appalachian Studies Center, University of Kentucky: National Advisory Board (1980‑2000). Inter‑University Consortium for Political and Social Research: Chairman, Advisory Committee on Mass Communications (1977‑78). Raleigh News & Observer "Tar Heel of the Week," September 2, 1990. Certificate of Excellence, Society for Technical Communication (1976). Various graduate school prizes and awards, editorial consulting and review activities.
Atlanta History Center, "Barbecue Nation" exhibit, 2014. East Tennessee Historical Society, 2002. "Academic expert" on the American South, Contentville.com, 2001. AnythingSouthern.com, 2000. Atlanta History Center: exhibit on the American South, 1996; exhibit on barbecue, 2011. Encyclopedia of South Carolina, 2000-2003. Turner South television network, 2000. College of Charleston, NEH Regional Humanities Center planning grant, 2000. StreetSigns/Steppenwolf, "Places We Are From: The South and North in America," 2000. Auburn University Public Television, documentary series on the South, 1999. Columbia University, Center for the Social Sciences, 1999. University of Alabama Public Television, documentaries on Will Campbell and on Southern violence, 1995. Atlanta History Center, Cultural Olympiad exhibit, 1994. Quaker Grits, 1994. Midnight Films, Vote for Me film project, 1994-96. Museum of the Confederacy, "Embattled Emblem" exhibit, 1993. Midnight Films, The Life and Times of George Wallace film project, 1992-99. Yale University, Institution for Social and Policy Studies: review committee, 1992. Columbia University, Department of Sociology: external review, 1992. Auburn Public Television: "A Question of Image" project, 1990. "At Home in Greenville" documentary film project: 1990. University of Alabama System and Auburn University: expert witness in United States of America, etc. v. State of Alabama, et al., 1990. Southern Living magazine long‑range planning committee: 1989. Lee J. Klein, P.A.: survey of community standards in Charlotte, 1988‑89. Family Health International: site visit to projects in Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia, 1988. University of North Carolina Press: manuscript development in Southern studies, 1987‑90. Southern Studies Curriculum, University of Mississippi: external review, 1984. James Sprunt Technical Institute: Southern studies course development, 1982‑83. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University: external review committees, 1981 and 1991 (chairman). National Endowment for the Arts: study of access to the arts in the South, 1980‑81. Miami University Educational Broadcasting: radio series on Appalachian culture, 1981. Hoffman Research Associates/Delta Air Lines: study of promotion opportunities for women, 1979. Educational Research Division, World Bank: study of literacy retention among Egyptian school‑leavers, 1978. Mississippi Educational Television: documentary series on the South, 1976‑77. College Entrance Examination Board, Advisory Panel on Score Decline: study of U.S. public opinion on education, 1976. American Professors for Peace in the Middle East: survey of visiting academics in Israel, 1974.