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UNC College of Arts and Sciences
Campus Box 3100
205 South Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3100


Ph.D. Emory University, 1999.
M.A. Emory University, 1997.
B.A. Duke University, 1992.


Elizabeth Engelhardt is Kenan Eminent Professor of Southern Studies in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also the Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. A scholar of southern and Appalachian food and culture, she is the author or editor of eight books, Boardinghouse Women: How Southern Keepers, Cooks, Nurses, Widows, and Runaways Shaped Modern America (2023) and The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell: Contemporary Appalachian Tables (2019).

Engelhardt joined the Department of American Studies as the John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies in January 2015. She helped launch the pan-university initiative Southern Futures ( Her other books include The Larder: Food Studies Methods from the American South (2013, co-edited with John T. Edge and Ted Ownby), A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender and Southern Food (2011), Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket (2009), Beyond Hill and Hollow: Original Readings in Appalachian Women’s Studies (2005), The Tangled Roots of Feminism, Environmentalism, and Appalachian Literature (2003), and The Power and the Glory: An Appalachian Novel (2003, a reprint of a 1910 novel by Grace MacGowan Cooke).