Dunavant University Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Memphis
Clement Hall, Room 303
Memphis TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-3349
Fax: (901) 678-2525
Wanda Rushing is Professor of Sociology and Dunavant University Professor. She received
her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1998. Her primary research interests
include the political economy of development, racial and social inequality, education
and economic development in the U.S. South, and urban change.
Dr. Rushing is the author of Memphis and the Paradox of Place: Globalization in the American South, published by the University of North Carolina Press, 2009. She is editor of Urbanization, volume 15 of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, published by the University
of North Carolina Press, 2010. She has published articles on the Cold War and racial
politics, empowerment zones and enterprise communities, gender and education, social
capital, and educational reform.
In 2010, she was honored with the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research
Award for her work in the Social Sciences. She was a nominee and finalist for the
University of Memphis Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005 and
Dr. Rushing was elected to serve a three year term on the Executive Committee of the
Southern Sociological Society, 2010-2012.
Dr. Rushing teaches courses on Urban Sociology, Racial Inequality, Women in the South,
Globalization and Social Change, and Sociological Theory. She was Associate Editor
of The Journal of Oromo Studies, an African Studies Journal, 1996-2000, and serves on the editorial board of the
Journal of Poverty.