Dr. Angela Jill Cooley

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I am an Associate Professor of History at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I teach history because I enjoy critically analyzing the American story. My interests in constitutional history, civil rights, and foodways stem from passions for the law, social justice, and good food. I believe the food we eat, the way it’s prepared and served, and the circumstances surrounding bringing food to the table reflect our values as a society. This is the fundamental idea that underlies my research.

I have a Ph.D. in History from the University of Alabama & a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. I held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. My book, To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Food Culture in the Jim Crow South, was published by the University of Georgia Press in Spring 2015. I’ve also published numerous book chapters and journal articles.

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