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Dr. Anthony J. Stanonis

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Dr. Anthony J. Stanonis was born and raised in New Orleans. Having received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in 2003, he taught at Texas A&M University 2006-7. He joined Queen's in 2007. Anthony Stanonis has, and continues, to pursue various interests in cultural studies, especially in regard to urban history, foodways, tourism, and the American South. His first book, Creating the Big Easy: New Orleans and the Emergence of Modern Tourism, 1918-1945 (Georgia), examines the transition of the city from a commercial center to a tourist magnet. His essay collection entitled Dixie Emporium: Consumerism, Tourism, and Memory in the American South concentrates on the role of race in constructing travelers' experiences, the function of foodways in manifesting regional values, and the complexity of souvenirs as regional representations. His latest book, Faith in Bikinis: American Leisure and the Coastal South since the Civil War examines the tensions between the conservative, white supremacist culture of the American South and the burgeoning seaside resorts that celebrated tan skin as well as more liberal attitudes toward alcohol, sex, and religion. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled 'Emancipated Spirits: Race, Voodoo, and Music in American Popular Culture.'"

PhDs Supervised

  • Aoife Laughlin, "Defining America: The Politics of Citizenship and National Identity in the United States, 1844-1850," (2010-2014)
  • Jen Davison, "Linked Memories: Slavery, Remembrance, and Museums in the U.S. and U.K." (2013-)
  • Rachel Wallace, "Gay Is Good: The Gay Rights Movement in Boston and Belfast since 1945" (2014-)

    Grants and Awards

  • 2013 Kentucky Historical Society Fellowship ($600)
  • 2007 Fellowship for the Study of the Global South ($3,000), Tulane University
  • 2006 Alfred D. Bell Fellowship ($950), Forest History Society
  • 2005 Mellon Research Fellowship ($500), Virginia Historical Society
  • 2004 Watson-Brown Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship ($30,000), Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina

Key Publications


To contact Dr. Stanonis about a possible Northern Bridge application, please email him at a.stanonis@qub.ac.uk, and for more information, please see his webpage.