Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
217B Baldwin Hall
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E.M. BECK is Professor of Emeritus of Sociology and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on the political economy of racial violence, in particular the relationship between economic change in the American South and violence against blacks. He has authored over 60 papers published in sociological and social science journals, and is co-author of A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings 1882-1930, a winner of the Social Science History Association President’s Book Award and other awards. He spent over four years compiling an inventory of threatened, failed, and averted lynchings; presently he is investigating factors influencing whether local authorities intervened to stop mob violence.