Hughes Named Finalist for Prestigious Dissertation Prize


Prof. Charles Hughes has been named a finalist for the 2013 C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize of the Southern Historical Association. The prize, announced at this weekend’s Southern Historical Association annual meeting in St. Louis, recognizes the best dissertation in southern history completed and defended in 2013.

Dr. Hughes, the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Memphis Center, was honored for Country Soul: Race and the Recording Industry in the United States South 1960-1980, which he completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Country Soul examines how southern musicians transformed American culture and politics in the second half of the 20th century. Looking specifically at the relationship between country and soul music, Hughes offers a new interpretation of this pivotal moment. He is currently revising this work for publication as a book, which is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.

At Rhodes, Hughes teaches courses in the Department of History and designs programs and events through the Memphis Center. During the coming semester, he will teach History 105 – Elvis and America and History 233 – The United States in the Twentieth Century.