Dr. Louis M. Kyriakoudes
Professor | Director, Albert Gore Research Center
- Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (1997)
- M.A., Vanderbilt University (1988)
- B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hl (1985)
Areas of Expertise
Modern U.S., U.S. South, Economic History, Demographic History, Oral History
Professor Kyriakoudes is director of the Albert Gore Research Center and specializes in the social and economic history of the 19th and 20th century United States in global context. His research has explored the economic, demographic, and cultural history of American South and the history of the global cigarette industry. Currently he is exploring how tobacco manufacturers have used scientific experts, social science research, marketing and advertising to shape the experience and perception o...Read More »
Professor Kyriakoudes is director of the Albert Gore Research Center and specializes in the social and economic history of the 19th and 20th century United States in global context. His research has explored the economic, demographic, and cultural history of American South and the history of the global cigarette industry. Currently he is exploring how tobacco manufacturers have used scientific experts, social science research, marketing and advertising to shape the experience and perception of cigarette smokers. He is also researching the role of migration and immigration in shaping the history of the rural South. Professor Kyriakoudes has served as a National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Carolina Population Center, and has won grants from the Economic History Association, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the National Endowment for the Humanities for his research. Undergraduate Courses Taught U.S. since 1877; Economic History of the U.S.; The American South; The Global Cigarette. Undergraduate Courses Taught Historiography, Modern America, Public History Selected Publications Southern Society and Its Transformations, 1790-1860. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2011. Co-edited with Susanna Delfino and Michele Gillespie. “Historians’ Testimony on 'Common Knowledge' of the Risks of Tobacco Use: A Review and Analysis of Experts Testifying on Behalf of Cigarette Manufacturers in Civil Litigation.” Tobacco Control 15: Supplement 4 (December 2006):iv107-iv116. The Social Origins of the Urban South: Race, Gender and Migration in Nashville, and Middle Tennessee, 1890-1930. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. Selected Awards Mississippi Historical Society Award of Merit (for work promoting the use of oral history in museum exhibits), January 2014. Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Faculty Excellence Award, University of Southern Mississippi, 2005. Arthur H. Cole Grant-in-Aid, Economic History Association, June, 1998. Works in Progress Why We Smoke? Culture, History, and the North American Origins of the Global Tobacco Epidemic. The Rural Roots of Inequality: The Rural South, Globalization, and the Rise of America’s Underclass, 1865-2000.
Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 E. Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Peck Hall 223
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Oral History Association
The executive offices of the Oral History Association have opened at MTSU and will be here for the next five years.
The office will be co-directed by Albert Gore Research Center Director Louis Kyriakoudes and History Professor Kristine McCusker.
The Offices are located in Peck Hall, Room 217.