I am a scholar and professor of African Diaspora history. My scholarship and teaching focus on constructions of race, identity, culture, public narratives, and histories within the African Diaspora. I specialize in the following: Material and Visual Culture, Black Expressive Culture, Historical Archaeology, Public History, Cultural Resource Management, Foodways, Gender, Domestic Labor, Black Feminist Thought, Cultural Landscapes, Plantation Museums, Cultural Tourism, Memorials, and Memory.

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5 thoughts on “About”

  1. Dr. Deetz,

    Good morning. I see that you will be at Stratford Hall in November for a talk. Would you be interested in doing a podcast interview with me at Stratford that day? The podcast is called Amerikan Rambler and is available on iTunes. Although I work at Stratford, the podcast is independent. We could be free to talk about anything. But I’d like to know about where you grew up, your education, and your professional life and projects. I’ve done 27 episodes so far, and recent guests have been William C. Davis and Ira Berlin.

    I live nearby, so I am flexible as to times, and I can work around your schedule. I look forward to talking with you!

    All the best,
    Colin Woodward

  2. Kevin mitchell said:

    Good evening,

    My name is Kevin Mitchell an I a graduate student in the Southern Studies program at the University of Mississippi. I am a huge fan of the history of African American chef. I am a two time graduate of the Culinary of Institute of America. For my graduate seminar class we have to write a research paper and I would love to write about known enslaved cooks form 1800-1830. I am wondering if you can point me in the right direction. For my bachelor’s degree I wrote a history of African American chef, which I wrote in 1996. I have also been involved in the recreation of a dinner held by Chef Nat Fuller, who was the most sought after African American chef in Charleston during the late 1800’s. I have included my paper for your view. Thanks so much for your time

    Kevin Mitchell



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