Wilma Dunaway

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Wilma A. Dunaway is Professor of Sociology in the Government and International Affairs Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia.[1]


She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Tennessee in 1994. She received a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation[citation needed] to complete her dissertation about the integration of antebellum Appalachia into global capitalism.

Since 1996, Dunaway has published four revisionist monographs about pre-Civil War Appalachia, and that work has been recognized through two Weatherford Awards for the best book about Southern Appalachia,[citation needed] an honorary doctorate,[citation needed] and several other book and research awards.[citation needed] In addition, she has edited two books that offer revisions and extensions of world-systems analysis.[citation needed]

Dunaway's research interests include international political economy, world-systems analysis, racial and ethnic conflict, comparative slavery studies, Native American studies, Appalachian Studies, radical feminist perspectives on women’s work, and qualitative research methodologies.

Selected books[edit]

  • Southern Laboring Women: Race, Class and Gender Conflict in Antebellum Appalachia. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • Slavery in the American Mountain South. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • The African-American Family in Slavery and Emancipation. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Crises and Resistance in the 21st Century World-System. Praeger Press, 2003.
  • New Theoretical Directions for the 21st Century World-System. Praeger Press, 2003.
  • The First American Frontier: Transition to Capitalism in Southern Appalachia, 1700-1860. University of North Carolina Press, 1996.