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)
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).
Eudora Welty Professor of Southern Studies, Millsaps College (Spring 1993).
Franklin Visiting Professor, Auburn University (April 1990).
Fulbright-Hays Distinguished Lecturer, India (Spring 1988).
Kenan Visiting Scholar, Meredith College (Spring 1986).
Staff, National Humanities Center Institute for High School History Teachers (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).
Scholar in residence, Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center, Bellagio (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).
Staff, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Institute in Secondary Analysis of Survey Data (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 Soxiety, 2019
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- ).
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.
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.