Carl L. Bankston III is professor and chair in the Department of Sociology and co-director of the Asian Studies program at Tulane University. He is author or editor of fourteen books, which have received numerous noteworthy awards, and he has published over 100 articles or book chapters. He is the current president of the Mid-South Sociological Association.
Peter A. Coclanis is Albert R. Newsome Professor of History and associate provost for International Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of many works in southern and international economic history. His most recent book is Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Globalization in Southeast Asia over la Longue Durée.
Nan Enstad is associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the author of Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Working Women, Popular Culture and Labor Politics. She is currently writing a book tentatively titled, The Jim Crow Cigarette: Following Tobacco Road from North Carolina to China and Back.
Lisa Eveleigh spent her salad days working—and eating—in Bill Smith's kitchen at Restaurant La Résidence, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, before becoming managing editor of Southern Cultures.
Larry J. Griffin, with Harry Watson, edits Southern Cultures and is the Reed Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also teaches in the history and American Studies departments. His teaching and research interests include collective memory, social identity, and the intersection of race, rights, and region.
Louis M. Kyriakoudes is an associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of "The Grand Ole Opry and Big Tobacco: Radio Scripts from the Files of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, 1948 to 1959," published in the Summer 2006 Southern Cultures. He is currently writing a history of cigarette smoking.
Rebecca Lilly holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Cornell University. She has published two books on spiritual practice and two collections of poems: You Want to Sell Me a Small Antique, which won the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize, and Shadwell Hills, a book of haiku.
Marko Maunula is an assistant professor of history at Clayton State University. A Finnish journalist in his previous life, his academic interests now focus on the South's interaction with the world. He enjoys East Carolina barbecue, Tar Heel basketball, and Georgia football.
Katherine McFarland is a graduate student in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A new transplant to the South, she is busy pursuing all aspects of southern culture.
Tore C. Olsson is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Georgia. Though born in Sweden and raised in Boston, he is fascinated with southern history and how recent immigration has transformed the region.
John Shelton Reed is spending the fall semester of 2007 as Mark Clark Visiting Professor at the Citadel, where he is also a lieutenant colonel in the Unorganized Militia of South Carolina. He says that he now realizes that he had waited all his life to have students salute him.
John Russell is a writer, businessman, and lawyer who has worked extensively in economic development in both the policy and corporate arenas, first in the venture capital industry and currently in pharmaceuticals. He serves as executive vice president for government affairs and health policy for Quintiles Transnational Corp. and has written and lectured in North America, Europe, and Asia on economics and health policy issues. His novel, Favorite Sons, won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award in 1993.