Angela Jill Cooley, Associate Professor

Address: 221K Morris Hall
Phone: 507-389-1248


Angela Jill Cooley studies the history of race and civil rights in the twentieth-century South. She teaches courses on constitutional and legal history, civil rights, and foodways. Her research includes publications on the history of segregated restaurants, food regulation during World War I, and hunger and food insecurity in the rural South.


  • Ph.D., University of Alabama
  • J.D. George Washington University

Fields of Study

  • Twentieth-Century U.S.
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional and Legal
  • Foodways

Courses taught

  • History 191: U.S. Since 1877
  • History 268: American Legal History
  • History 280: History in Black and White
  • History 300:  Civil Rights Study Tour
  • History 468/568:  U.S. Constitutional History to 1896
  • History 469/569:  U.S. Constitutional History from 1896
  • History 481/581: U.S. Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century
  • History 495:  Senior Seminar:  The New Deal and The Law
  • History 604:  Reading Seminar: Race in U.S. History

Representative Publications

  • "Food Soldiers: Rural Southerners and Food Regulation during World War I." In The American South and the Great War 1914-1924, edited by Matthew L. Downs and M. Ryan Floyd, 89-115. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2018.
  • "Burgers in a Hurry: Early Fast Food in Birmingham, Alabama." Southern Studies 25, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2018):
  • "Southern Food Studies: An Overview of Debates in the Field," History Compass 16, no. 10 (October 2018):
  • "Food and Regionalism." In The Routledge History of American Foodways, edited by Jennifer Jensen Wallach and Michael D. Wise, 311-325. New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.
  • "Freedom's Farms: Activism and Sustenance in Rural Mississippi," in Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop: Rethinking African American Foodways from Slavery to Obama, edited by Jennifer Jensen Wallach, 199-214. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2015.
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