Director, Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies
Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Program
Office: 213 Buckman Hall
Phone: (901) 843-3525
Charles McKinney, Associate Professor of History, Chair of Africana Studies, and Director of the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies is a specialist in African-American history and twentieth century U.S. social history, particularly the history of the Civil Rights Movement. He is the author of Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina, which chronicles a movement from the 1930s to the 1970’s. His current research focuses on the impact of local leadership on civil rights activity in Memphis, and his regional interests include the history of segregation, civil rights, and social justice movements in Memphis. Previous Institute mentorship projects have included historical research on Civil Rights activity in Memphis and surrounding communities; research on African American political activity in Memphis; and gender dynamics within the Civil Rights movement.
Director, Mike Curb Institute for Music
Office: Harris Lodge
Phone: (901) 843-3786
John Bass serves as Director of the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College, an endowed program founded by Mike Curb to research, preserve, and promote the musical traditions of Memphis and the South. Through the Curb Institute, Dr. Bass has developed and led student fellowships, original research, and community engagement initiatives in Memphis. He has also produced pioneering concerts and events featuring Rosanne Cash, Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, Bobby Rush, Ellis Marsalis, Bill Frissel, Dan Penn, Mose Allison, Jessie Winchester, and Kirk Whalum, in addition to highlighting numerous local Memphis artists. In addition, Dr. Bass created and currently oversees a student-produced concert series from 1034 Audubon Drive, the first house purchased by Elvis Presley, called The Audubon Sessions (www.audubonsessions.org). Dr. Bass directs the Rhodes Jazz Band and teaches jazz guitar, along with classes in the Urban Studies Program (Music and Community in Memphis).
Dr. Bass holds two degrees in jazz performance from the University of Southern Mississippi (B.M.) and the University of Memphis (M.M.), and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Memphis, where he studied 16th-Century improvisatory traditions. He is an active researcher of the musical traditions of Memphis and works as a professional guitarist in the Memphis area. Dr. Bass is also involved throughout Memphis on a civic level. He serves on the Levitt Shell Preservation Board, is a member of the Beale Street Walk of Fame Committee, and is a graduate of the New Memphis Institute Fellows Program.
Dr. Bass welcomes proposals from students interested in exploring the musical traditions of Memphis and the region through research and creative activity.
Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Office: 404 Clough-Hanson Hall
Phone: (901) 843-3139
Thomas S. Bremer, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, teaches classes on American religious history. He is author of the book, Blessed with Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism in San Antonio, which recounts the history of religious tourist attractions in San Antonio, Texas. He also has authored Formed from this Soil: An Introduction to the Diverse History of Religion in America, a college textbook of American religious history. Opportunities for summer projects include historical, sociological, anthropological, or phenomenological research on “religion” broadly construed in the mid-south region; he also has supervised creative projects involving religion, and he welcomes any project that shows methodological sophistication in the study of local culture.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusivity
Office: 300A Palmer
Dr. Noelle Chaddock joined Rhodes College in May 2016 where they serve as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusivity as well as teaching in Africana Studies. Chaddock has their doctorate in Philosophy Interpretation and Culture and a graduate certificate in Feminist Studies. Chaddock does critical race and critical mixed race theory along with examinations of a multitude of higher education topics from faculty governance, mentoring, diversifying faculty, and the attraction, retention and success of underrepresented students. Chaddock is principally an (auto) ethnographer and believes strongly in the strength of participant research and the power and accessibility of participant narratives. Chaddock is honored to become the newest member of the Rhodes Regional Studies Institute. When first exposed to the Institute Chaddock declared, “You mean these are only undergraduate students? They are brilliant!” Chaddock looks to work with students interested in critical race, socio-cultural examinations of race, race gender class and sexuality or race and education in Memphis!
Director, Memphis Center
Office: 306 Barret Library
Phone: (901) 843-3379
Dr. Charles L. Hughes is the Director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College, where he designs courses, programs and partnerships. Dr. Hughes received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012, and previously served as the Memphis Center's Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. His recent course offerings include The History of Memphis; Beale Street: The Past, Present and Future; Elvis Presley and America; and The Music of the American South. His acclaimed first book, Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015. He has published essays and delivered presentations on a wide variety of topics. He is currently working on a book about the history of African-Americans and professional wrestling in the United States, as well as several articles.
Professor, Chair of Psychology
Office: 211 Clough-Hanson Hall
Phone: (901) 843-3988
Natalie Person is Chair of the Psychology Department and the Director of the Learning, Language, and Technologies Lab. She has an interdisciplinary research program that bridges the fields of Psychology and Learning Sciences. Dr. Person is particularly interested in developing innovative programs and technologies that will improve science education in K-12 and college level classrooms. Her research interests include tutoring, conversational discourse, complex learning, question asking and answering, models of effective teaching, artificial intelligence, and affective computing. She has previously mentored projects including the school to prison pipeline, elderly resources in Memphis, and rural education.
Associate Professor, History
Office: 207 Buckman Hall
Phone: (901) 843-3249
Robert Saxe, Associate Professor of History, teaches courses in 20th Century US history, political history, and war and society. His book, Settling Down: World War II Veterans’ Challenge to the Postwar Consensus (2007) examines the return of World War II veterans and their impact on Cold War American politics and culture. He has previously directed research projects focusing on recently processed collections at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.
Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Urban Studies
Office: 213 Evergreen
Phone: (901) 843-3340
Dr. Shaolu Yu is an urban geographer. She holds a B.S. in Resources, Environment, Urban Planning and Management (Qufu, China), M.S. in Urban Geography (Beijing, China), and Ph.D. in Human Geography (University of Connecticut, U.S.A). Trained as an urban geographer in an interdisciplinary background and participating in projects in urban studies in China, U.S., and Canada, she has developed a comparative and global perspective and a mixed method approach in her research on cities. Her current research interests include: Space and Place, Race/Ethnicity and Immigration, Urban Segregation, Transportation Geography and Mobility, and Asian Urbanism. She is also interested in applying GIS (Geographical Information System) in visualizing and analyzing spatial data, and examining urban socio-spatial differentiation and inequality in housing, education, crime, transportation, and food access.
Administrative Assistant, The Memphis Center and Urban Studies
Office: 210 Evergreen
Phone: (901) 843-3260
Ms. Anna Snickenberger is the Administrative Assistant for the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies amongst other programs. Contact her for any questions related to the program, including finding a mentor, the application process, deadlines, and more.