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Dr Anthony Stanonis

BA (Loyola University New Orleans), MA, PhD (Vanderbilt)

Lecturer in Modern US History

Head of Undergraduate Recruitment (Sem 1)

MA US HIstory Strand Co-ordinator (Sem 1)

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 5030

Office: 16UQ.104

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.

Research Interests

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 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.

Select Publications


Articles and chapters:

  • 'Dead but delightful: tourism and memory in New Orleans cemeteries', in K.L. Cox (ed.) Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History (2012)
  • 'The triumph of epicure: A history of New Orleans culinary tourism', Southern Quarterly, 46 (2009)
  • 'Through a purple (green and gold) haze: New Orleans Mardi Gras in the American imagination' Southern Cultures, 14 (2008)
  • '"A woman of boundless energy": Elizebeth Werlein and her times' in Louisiana History (2005).
  • '"Take him east where life began': the role of Virginia in shaping the early writings of Allen Tate' in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (2004).
  • '"Always in costume and mask": Lyle Saxon and New Orleans tourism' in Louisiana History (2001).

Entry on PURE research portal



Current PhD supervision:

  • Jennifer Davison, 'Linked memories:slavery, race, and remembrance in the United States and the United Kingdom '
  • Conall MacMichael, 'Media reaction to and portrayal of the Black power Movement in the United States'
  • Rachel Wallace, ‘“Gay is good”: Gay rights and social justice in Belfast and Boston’

Recent PhD supervision:

  • Aoife Laughlin,'Electing colour: race and ethnicity in the 1848 US election' (PhD 2014)