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Joseph Witt

Joseph D. Witt

Associate Professor of Religion
Room: 232C, Etheredge Hall


Ph.D. University of Florida, 2011
M.A. University of Florida, 2006
B.A. Hendrix College, 2003

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests focus on the intersections between religious and environmental attitudes and behaviors. I am primarily interested in social and environmental justice issues in the southern United States, environmental ethics, and U.S. religious history. My recent volume, Religion and Resistance in Appalachia (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), examines the place of religious values within the local direct action resistance movement against mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. I continue to write and publish on environmental activism, but my current and future interests also include food security and resilience in the South, particularly surrounding racial and economic factors influencing access to sustainably-produced and nutritious food. I am also interested in place-based interdisciplinary environmental education in the southern U.S. and am currently working to develop southern place-based environmental curricula and other opportunities for experiential environmental education at Mississippi State University.