Contact Us:

Elizabeth Thomas
Associate Professor
Director of Urban Studies
Director of the Memphis Center

213 Clough Hall


Rin Abernathy
Administrative Assistant

100 Clough Hall



Urban Studies


In Urban Studies, coursework is integrated with urban field experiences to lend perspective to different urban phenomena. It provides an interdisciplinary learning experience grounded in the liberal arts and connected to concerns of Memphis, the Mid-South region, and the world.

Students and faculty alike have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the rich, diverse culture and history of Memphis. Rhodes lies at the crux of Midtown and East Memphis, and the college partners with over 400 businesses and non-profits in the Memphis and larger Shelby County area through research, internships, and other forms of engagement.