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