BA (Loyola University New Orleans), MA, PhD (Vanderbilt)
Lecturer in Modern US History
On sabbatical semester 1 2014-15
Chair, Undergraduate Recruitment Group
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 5030
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. He is currently at work on two projects. The first, with support from the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina and the Watson-Brown Foundation, is an essay collection entitled Dixie Emporium: Consumerism, Tourism, and Memory in the American South. The essays concentrate 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. The second project is a book-length study of beach communities in the American South since the Civil War tentatively titled Faith in Bikinis: American Leisure and the Coastal South. This project 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.
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