Zion Christian Cemetery, Memphis, TN, neglected cemetery with the bodies of 20,000 former enslaved people, by Spencer D. Wood all rights reserved.
Thanks for visiting my web page. Here, you can find information about my research interests and academic training. I received my PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006 and have taught at Colorado College and K-State. To see my CV click on "Vitae." For more information about my courses, my current research projects, and how to contact me, look to the menu bar for the desired page.
I have been interested for some time in the Black Land movement and especially encourage you to follow links and find out more about it. Black Land Loss is a considerable problem. As Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro have recently brought to our attention in their important book, Black Wealth/White Wealth, income discrepancies have declined but wealth inequalities have worsened between Blacks and Whites. A portion of this inequality pertains to African-American owned land.
I am also interested in public health inequities, particularly with regard to access to food in both rural and urban areas. I have worked on multiple research projects around food security and inequality.
I have worked on several significant research efforts, especially in establishing a Fund for Rural America Center on Minority Land Security (see my C.V.). I have also written about the decline of African-American farmers (see Who Owns the Land?: Agricultural Land Ownership by Race/Ethnicity and Returning African-American Farmers to the Land: Recent Trends and a Policy Rationale). Several of my other papers pertain to historical efforts to combat Black Land Loss.
My dissertation explored the importance of land ownership in Mileston, MS an African-American New Deal Resettlement Community in the Mississippi Delta. In particular, I explored how land ownership fostered civic growth contributing to Mileston's significant role in the Mississippi civil rights movement.
In addition to these interests my collaborative work with Ricardo Samuel concerns the culture and the development of a black transnational identity in Memphis beginning in the 1930s.
Please feel free to contact me, sdwood AT ksu DOT edu, if you have any comments or questions. Again, thank you for taking the time to visit my site.
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