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 legendary music executive Mike Curb, whose mission is to foster understanding and awareness of the musical traditions of Memphis and the South. Through the Curb Institute, Dr. Bass has developed and led courses, student fellowships, original research, and community engagement initiatives in Memphis. He has also produced pioneering concerts and events for the campus and city—including a student-produced house concert series filmed at the first house purchased by Elvis Presley (www.audubonsessions.org)--and teaches classes in the Music Department and Urban Studies Program. He is a researcher of the musical traditions of Memphis and is an active professional guitarist in the region. 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 Dean of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusivity
Office: 300A Palmer
Dr. Noelle Chaddock currently serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusivity at Rhodes College. Chaddock is responsible for faculty and classroom climate matters pertaining to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Chaddock is excited to be a second year faculty member in the Rhodes Institute of Regional Studies where they will be working with students on issues of race, mixed race, creole culture, class, colorism, and capital. Chaddock and her students will do comparative research in Memphis, Jackson, and New Orleans. Chaddock previously served as the Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY Cortland having received their doctorate from Binghamton University in Philosophy. Chaddock’s areas of research and teaching include critical race theory, reframing white feminism, examining mixed race identity, Africana theatre, histories of spiritual and gospel music and philosophies of hip hop. Chaddock teaches in Africana Studies, Theatre and Music at Rhodes College.
Ariel (Ari) Eisenberg
Assistant Professor, History
Office: Buckman Hall, 206
Ari Eisenberg is Assistant Professor of History and teaches and researches broadly on histories of gender and sexuality, cities, medicine, and disability. Their first book, "Save Our Streets and Shelter Our Homeless": The Origins of the Homeless Crisis in Urban America, is forthcoming on the University of North Carolina Press. Their current research focuses on HIV/AIDS in the U.S. South, examining Southern spaces and populations long neglected in the national narrative of the AIDS epidemic that is primarily focused on white, gay, northern, urban communities. Their courses at Rhodes include "The History of Human Reproduction," "The History of HIV/AIDS," "Queer Histories," and "The U.S. in the 20th Century," as well as a directed inquiry on the history of midwifery in Memphis.
Director, Lynne & Henry Turley Memphis Center
Office: 206 West Campus Education Building
Phone: (901) 843-3379
Dr. Charles L. Hughes is the Director of the Lynne & Henry Turley 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. His recent course offerings include The History of Memphis; Beale Street: The Past, Present and Future; Elvis Presley and America; Introduction to Urban Studies; 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.
Duane Loynes, Sr.
William Randolph Hearst Teaching Fellow
Office: Clough Hall, 401
Phone: (901) 843-3262
Duane T. Loynes Sr. is the William Randolph Hearst Fellow in the Religious Studies Department. His research interests are at the intersection of Africana religion/philosophy, methodology, black existential phenomenology, and critical race studies. His current work focuses on the methodological assumptions that have historically provided theological justification for racial injustice, assumptions made all the more insidious because of their subversive nature. He is also interested in the engagement between black religion and black humanism, especially their respective roles in contemporary social protest movements and theory. He is currently working on a book on the role of religion in 20th- and 21st-century anti-racism movements. At Rhodes, he has taught courses on contemporary ethical issues, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., & James Baldwin.
Administrative Assistant, The Memphis Center and Urban Studies
Office: 210 West Campus
Phone: (901) 843-3260
Ms. Lavandria Cole 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.