Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1976
Professor Billings’ interests include social inequality, Appalachian and regional studies, poverty, sociological theory, and the sociology of religion.
Dr. Billings’ work appears in American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociological Quarterly, Current Perspectives in Sociological Theory, the Annual Review of Sociology, the Journal of Appalachian Studies, and other journals. He is author of Planters and the Making of a “New South,” and The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia (with Kathleen Blee). He is co-editor of Back Talk from an American Region: Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes and Appalachia in the Making: The Mountain South in the Nineteenth Century. He is a past president of the Appalachian Studies Association and recent editor of The Journal of Appalachian Studies. Dr. Billings is currently at work on a book-length analysis of class and culture in the Appalachian Region.