The noted scholar and essayist John Shelton Reed is William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina. His numerous books include One South: An Ethnic Approach to Regional Culture; Southern Folk, Plain and Fancy; and Whistling Dixie: Dispatches from the South. He also serves as editor of the journal Southern Cultures. He attends the Chapel of the Cross (Episcopal), in Chapel Hill.