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Citadel News Service
4 Sep 2007

Noted Southern author and humorist joins The Citadel faculty

So what’s Southern about the South?

John Shelton Reed has the answer and will share his observations, research and sense of humor with Citadel cadets this fall. Reed has been named the Mark W. Clark Visiting Professor of History at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. 

John Shelton Reed, the Mark W. Clark Visiting Professor of History.

Reed is widely recognized as the leading authority on what constitutes modern Southern identity. He will be teaching courses on that subject at The Citadel and is the lead speaker in the this fall’s Fulghum Lecture Series, which is housed with the college’s recently established Southern Studies Program in the Department of History.

“John Shelton Reed is the most influential living scholar of the American South,” said Bo Moore, chairman of The Citadel’s History Department. “His insights are matched only by his wit; and we are most honored to have him with us this semester.”

Reed is Kenan Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he directed the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, co-founded the Center for the Study of the American South, and was founding co-editor of the journal “Southern Cultures.”

He is a regular contributor to national media outlets as well as the author or editor of 12 highly influential books about the American South, including “1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South.” His numerous articles have appeared in professional and popular periodicals ranging from “Science” to the “Oxford American.”

Among Reed’s many academic honors are Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, presidency of the Southern Sociological Association, and membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He is a past member of the council of the National Endowment for the Humanities and has served as a consultant to the Turner South cable network, Quaker Grits, and “Southern Living.”

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