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.