Welcome! You have reached the home page of Elijah Gaddis where you’ll find information about my research, teaching, and other pursuits–professional, academic, and otherwise. I’m a spatial, material, and cultural historian. In spring 2017, I completed my doctoral work in American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I will begin an appointment as an assistant professor of history at Auburn University in fall 2017.

My scholarly and personal interests are wide-ranging, but generally fall somewhere at the intersections of material culture, place and space, and everyday life in the American South. I’m currently completing my dissertation on Black public celebratory culture in early 20th century North Carolina, and leading a variety of public, digital history projects. You can read excerpts of my dissertation and other things at my infrequently updated blog, and learn more about some of my public history work at the website of the Community Histories Workshop, which I co-founded. Email me at elijah AT unc.edu or ejgaddis AT gmail.com.


Header image is from a Rocky Mount, NC parade in 1936. Digitized as part of the Rocky Mount Mills Digital History Project, it demonstrates a juxtaposition between cotton and tobacco cultures (the building is a tobacco warehouse,) in segregated, pre-war Rocky Mount.


3 thoughts on “Home

    • December 5, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Not sure what to do here: this is an amazing award – Brown Hudson for
      Folklore. They are a lot of talented folks in North Carolina.
      Our thanks,
      Parnell Family Weavers
      Freddie Parnell Reich
      Brenda Parnell Willis
      Fred Douglas Parnell

  • July 30, 2017 at 8:44 pm


    I recently read your article “A Working Vacation” in Our State Magazine, and was very intrigued. I currently own the property pictured in the article. I would love to talk to you about your research and what you know about the history, and people who used to vacation there. Any knowledge would be much appreciated. This was the only way to contact you, I would prefer to talk or email in the future.Thanks!



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