Today we would like to say a big, public “thank you” to Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt, who has served the American Studies department and the University of Texas since 2004 and is off to North Carolina to take up the John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professorship in Southern Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Engelhardt is a leading scholar in Southern food studies, and since receiving her doctorate in Women’s Studies from Emory University, she has held academic positions at Emory, Ohio University, West Virginia University, and most recently at UT in the American Studies Department and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. In Chapel Hill, she will join the Department of American Studies, one of the first interdisciplinary programs at UNC, which has specializations in American Indian Studies, Global American Studies, Folklore, and Southern Studies.
All of us here at AMS::ATX wish her all the best in her new adventure. As Dr. Engelhardt likes to say, she is never happier than when she can write and read with her feet in a mountain stream. We hope she’ll get lots of opportunities to take advantage of the mountains and streams of North Carolina. Best of luck, and we’ll miss you, Dr. Engelhardt!