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Tammy Ingram

Assistant Professor

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 217
Office Hours: T TR 1:30-2:30
Phone: 843.953.1915

Dr. Tammy L. Ingram received her PhD from Yale University in 2007. Before coming to the College of Charleston in 2011, she served as the Kirk Visiting Scholar at Agnes Scott College and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Southern Studies at the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Ingram’s first book, Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in March 2014. The book uses the Dixie Highway, a largely forgotten 6000-mile network of roads that looped from Lake Michigan to Miami Beach and back up again, as a lens for examining local, regional, and national politics during the Progressive Era Good Roads Movement. Dr. Ingram’s book is the first monograph about the Dixie Highway and one of the few books about the social and political implications of modern transportation policy that does not focus on the Eisenhower interstate highways. By looking at the tensions embedded in the formation of modern U.S. transportation policy, Dixie Highway helps to explain some of the partisan debates that surround infrastructure projects today.

Dr. Ingram is currently working on a second book project tentatively titled Dixie Mafia: Sex, Race, and Organized Crime in the South, which offers a broad view of organized crime networks in the postwar U.S. but focuses on the so-called Dixie Mafia. The book examines a series of high profile cases between 1954 and 1987 in order to understand the ways in which fears about crime shaped postwar politics in the South and nation. 

In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Ingram has contributed essays and op-eds to publications such as H-Net, the Huffington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Like the Dew. Click here for links to some of her works.


PhD, Yale University, 2007
MA, Yale University, 2003
MA, University of Georgia, 2000
BA, University of Georgia, 1998

Research Interests

Social and Political History of the Modern U.S.
Modern South, Film and History
Rural and Urban History

Courses Taught

The South Since 1865
Film and History
The History of Crime in America
The U.S. Since 1945
Race and Rebellion in the U.S.

Dr. Ingram also teaches graduate seminars on the Modern South, U.S. Politics, and Gender and Sexuality.

Honors and Awards

College-wide Research and Development Grant, 2012
Dean’s Discretionary Funding, 2012-2014
First-Year Service Award, 2013
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southern Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2010-2011


Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930, published by the University of North Carolina Press, March 2014.

Dixie Mafia: Sex, Race, and Organized Crime in the South (in progress)