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Sociology & Anthropology

College of Arts & Sciences

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Candace Forbes Bright 

Assistant Professor
423-439-4926 /
Rogers-Stout 218B

Courses Taught

Social Statistics

Current Research

My research focuses on social/cultural development and more specifically, on social learning processes. This had led me to researching the role of social networks and social capital in health disparities and quality of life, as well as an emphasis on the how culture is interpreted at racialized geographies. Methodologically, I am interested in the advancement of social network analysis for understanding social/cultural processes.

Select Publications


Conceptualizing Deviance

2016  Conceptualizing Deviance: A Cross-Cultural Social Network Approach to Comparing Relational and Attribute Data, Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield).


Peer-Reviewed Articles

2018 “Librarians as Facilitators of Collaboration: Implications from a Social Network Analysis of Academic Co-Authorship,” with Emma Fontenot, Mississippi Libraries Journal, 80(4) Winter 2017 (forthcoming).

2018 “Social Representational Communities in the Imagined Antebellum South,” with Perry Carter, Sociological Spectrum (forthcoming).

2017 “The Value of Social Network Analysis for Evaluating Community-Academic Partnerships and Collaborations for Addressing Social Determinants of Health,” with Eboni Edmonson, Danny Patterson, and Maria Pisu, Ethnicity & Disease, 27: 337-346.

2017 “Elections, News Cycles, and Attention to Disasters,” with Braden Bagley, Disaster Prevention and Management, 26(4): 471-478.

2017 “Evacuating the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina: The Role and Risk of Socioeconomic Factors” with Edward Sayre, David Butler, and Michael Webb, The Mississippi Economic Review, 1: 13-23.

2016 “Tourist Plantation Owners and Slavery: A Complex Relationship,” with Derek Alderman and David Butler, Current Issues in Tourism

2016 “Who are They? Visitors to Louisiana’s River Road Plantations,” with Perry Carter, Journal of Heritage Tourism, 11(3): 262-274.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

2018 “From Celebratory Landscapes to Dark Tourism Sites? Exploring the Design of Southern Plantation Museums,” with Stephen P. Hanna and Derek H. Alderman, in The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies, Edited by Philip Stone, Rudi Hartman, Tony Seaton, Richard Sharpley, and Leanne White. Palgrave.

2015  “Webwashing the Tourism Plantation: Using Historic Websites to View Changes in the Representation of Slavery at Tourism Plantations,” with David Butler, in Methodologies in Social Memory and Heritage Tourism Research, Edited book with Perry Carter, Stephen P. Hanna, E. Arnold Modlin, and Amy E. Potter. Routledge.

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