My research focuses on inequality with an emphasis on globalization and place, primarily in the American South. A recurring theme in my work is that tensions between global processes and local practices create paradoxes. These paradoxes challenge commonly accepted sociological explanations with implications for research on education, economic development, community, civil society, and democracy. My research has been awarded the Distinguished Research Award and a Dunavant University Professorship at the University of Memphis. In 2016, I received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Tennessee Department of Sociology.
The graduate and undergraduate classes I taught at the University of Memphis included Urban Theory, Racial and Social Inequality, Black and White Women in the South, and others. I served as a past Director of Women's and Gender Studies, and was a faculty affiliate with the Center for Research on Women. Currently, I am serving as President of Sociologists for Women in Society, and as a member of the Dean's Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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