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Ann Kingsolver
Director, Appalachian Studies Program
Professor of Anthropology

My career came full circle when I moved back to Kentucky to direct the Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program at UK from 2011-2015. I grew up in Nicholas County, Kentucky. In the 1980s, I returned to there to do ethnographic research for my dissertation in the Ph.D. program in Anthropology at U. Mass. / Amherst, where I was inspired by colleagues in a participatory research collective and by collective conversations at the intersections of political ecology, cultural geography, anthropology, and political economy. I continue to learn from residents in my home community along with residents of a number of other rural regions in the world. In the early 1990s, I participated in starting the Culture & Power Ph.D. program in Anthropology as a faculty member at UC Santa Cruz, and then in the late 1990s I helped start the Ph.D. program focused on comparative diasporas and social justice in Anthropology at the University of South Carolina (as a faculty member and then department chair), before coming to the University of Kentucky. In the fall of 2021, I have begun a four-year term as director of UK's Appalachian Studies Program, and look forward to supporting collaborative conversations across and beyond the UK campus. 

Contact Information
Appalachian Center, 624 Maxwelton Ct., Rm. 202
203A Lafferty Hall
Office hours Wed. 2-4PM Lafferty 203A, and by appt.
Email me to set up a meeting.
B.A. in Anthropology & Sociology with Honors, Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), 1982; M.A. in Anthropology, U Mass. / Amherst, 1987; Ph.D. in Anthropology, U Mass. / Amherst, 1991. Dissertation: "Tobacco, Toyota, and Subaltern Development Discourses: Constructing Livelihoods and Community in Rural Kentucky."
Research Interests
  • globalization
  • critiques of racial capitalism
  • interpretations of place and identity
  • Anthropology of Work
  • transnational collaborations
  • university-community knowledge equity
  • Anthropology
  • Appalachian Center
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
  • International Studies