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First Name
Angela Jill
Last Name
Minnesota State University, Mankato
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U.S., American South, Constitutional History, Civil Rights, Food
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About Me

Angela Jill Cooley is an Associate Professor of History at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she teaches the second half of the U.S. History survey as well as upper-division and graduate courses in the U.S. Constitution and Civil Rights. She has a Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Alabama and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. She is the author of the book To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on the intersection of American law, food culture, and civil rights in the twentieth century.

Recent Publications

To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South, Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.

“Food Soldiers: Rural Southerners and Food Regulation during World War I,” in The American South and the Great War: 1914-1924, edited by Matthew L. Downs and M. Ryan Floyd, at press with Louisiana State University Press, forthcoming in Fall 2018.

“Food and Regionalism,” in The Routledge History of American Foodways, edited by Jennifer Jensen Wallach and Michael D. Wise. New York: Routledge (2016), 311-325.

“‘Eating with Negroes’: Food and Race Taboo in the Twentieth-Century South,” Southern Quarterly 52, no. 2 (Spring 2015): 69-89.

“Freedom’s Farms: Activism and Sustenance in Rural Mississippi,” in Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop: African American Foodways from Slavery to Obama, edited by Jennifer Jensen Wallach, University of Arkansas Press, 2015.

“‘The Customer is Always White’: Food, Race, and Contested Eating Space in the South,” in The Larder: Food Studies Methods from the American South, edited by Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt, John T. Edge, and Ted Ownby, University of Georgia Press, 2013.

Media Coverage
Featured on Human Race Radio in January 2018 at and in March 2018 at Also featured
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Food History, Human Rights, Law