History professor named distinguished lecturer

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Karen Cox, a professor of history, has been named a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians (OAH), the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history.

The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program is a speakers’ bureau dedicated to American history and includes more than 400 participating historians who have made major contributions to the field. Cox is one of 45 speakers chosen to join the bureau for 2013-14.

Each lecturer agrees to present at least one lecture each year on behalf of the organization and to donate the lecture fee to the OAH to help fulfill its mission. Lecturers present in a wide array of academic and public settings, including undergraduate and graduate student conferences, seminars and events hosted by historical societies, museums, libraries, and humanities councils.

Cox teaches courses in American history with a focus on Southern history and culture. She is the author of “Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture” (2003,) which won the Southern Association for Women Historians’ Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, and “Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture” (2011.) She also is the editor of “Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History” (2012.)