We are pleased to announce the following four panels:

Local Government in Rural America
abstracts available here

  • John Moran, Anthropology, “Defeating the Marsh Marxists: Rural Gentrification, Environmental Regulation, and Gender in the Florida Panhandle”
  • Emily Prifogle, History, “Rural Zoning and Community in Wisconsin: 1930-1952”
  • Brooke Depenbusch, History, “Working on Welfare: The Art of Survival in Mid-Twentieth Century Rural America”
  • Ryan Parsons, Sociology, “When I Was Sick You Insured Me: Rural Black Churches and the Affordable Care Act”


Space in the Rural-Urban Spectrum
abstracts available here

  • Alyse Berthenthal, Criminology, Law & Society, “Municipal power and the rural “non-place”: Los Angeles and the Owens Valley, California, 1900-1940”
  • Jessica Cooper, Anthropology, “The Prius and the Percocet: Regulating Homelessness through the Santa Clara County Mental Health Court”
  • William Voinot-Baron, Anthropology, “Contested Cartographies: Colonizing Space and Adjudicating Practice in “Rural” Alaska”
  • Sean Fraga, History, “Enclosing the Water: Houseboats, Law, and Property in Puget Sound”


Violence and Resistance in Rural Communities
abstracts available here

  • Mia Brett, History, “Montana Vigilantes and the Legacy of Vigilantism”
  • Heath Pearson, Anthropology, “Untitled”
  • Jillian Jacklin, History, “A Family Affair: Working-Class Cultures, Politics, and Criminality in the 1930s, Fox River Valley”
  • Tyler Davis, Religion, “Life Beyond Lynch Law: Imagining the Human and Utopia in Rural Texas”


Rural Labor and Immigration
abstracts available here

  • Vanessa Guzman, American Studies, “El Centro Campesino: Organizing in Migrant Camps and Latino Communities in South Central Rural Minnesota”
  • Tyler Gray Greene, History, “The Most Wholesome Development Possible: North Carolina’s Rural Industries Movement and the Transformation of the Countryside”
  • Smita Ghosh, JD/History, “Rural Aspects of Immigration Detention in the 1980s”
  • Daniel Platt, American Studies, “Borrowers’ Rights in the Age of Jim Crow, 1900-1920”