Hughes Discusses Race and Country Music


Prof. Charles Hughes, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Memphis Center, has discussed recent controversies surrounding the relationship between race and country music. Earlier this month, he participated in a roundtable on African Americans and country music on HuffPost Live, the streaming network of the Huffington Post. To view the roundtable, visit

He was also interviewed for a website called about a published essay on a similar subject. To read the interview, go to:

A recent Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Prof. Hughes is on a two-year postdoctoral fellowship through the Memphis Center. Last spring he taught courses on “Elvis Presley and America” and “Collecting Memphis Histories.” This fall he will teach a survey history of Memphis.