2019 Rhodes Institute Faculty & Staff

Charles McKinney
Director, Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies
Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Program
Office: 213 Buckman Hall
Phone: (901) 843-3525
Email: mckinneyc@rhodes.edu

Charles McKinney, Associate Professor of History, Chair of Africana Studies, and Director of the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies is a specialist in African-American history and twentieth century U.S. social history, particularly the history of the Civil Rights Movement. He is the author of Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina, which chronicles a movement from the 1930s to the 1970’s. His current research focuses on the impact of local leadership on civil rights activity in Memphis, and his regional interests include the history of segregation, civil rights, and social justice movements in Memphis. Previous Institute mentorship projects have included historical research on Civil Rights activity in Memphis and surrounding communities; research on African American political activity in Memphis; and gender dynamics within the Civil Rights movement.


John Bass
Director, Mike Curb Institute for Music
Office: Harris Lodge
Phone: (901) 843-3786
Email: bassj@rhodes.edu

John Bass serves as Director of the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College, an endowed program founded by legendary music executive Mike Curb, whose mission is to foster understanding and awareness of the musical traditions of Memphis and the South. Through the Curb Institute, Dr. Bass has developed and led courses, student fellowships, original research, and community engagement initiatives in Memphis. He has also produced pioneering concerts and events for the campus and city—including a student-produced house concert series filmed at the first house purchased by Elvis Presley (www.audubonsessions.org)--and teaches classes in the Music Department and Urban Studies Program. He is a researcher of the musical traditions of Memphis and is an active professional guitarist in the region. Dr. Bass is also involved throughout Memphis on a civic level. He serves on the Levitt Shell Preservation Board, is a member of the Beale Street Walk of Fame Committee, and is a graduate of the New Memphis Institute Fellows Program.  

Dr. Bass welcomes proposals from students interested in exploring the musical traditions of Memphis and the region through research and creative activity.


Ariel (Ari) Eisenberg
Assistant Professor, History
Pronouns: They/them/their
Office: Buckman Hall, 206
Phone: 901-843-3503
Email: eisenberga@rhodes.edu

Ari Eisenberg is Assistant Professor of History and teaches and researches broadly on histories of gender and sexuality, cities, medicine, and disability. Their first book, "Save Our Streets and Shelter Our Homeless": The Origins of the Homeless Crisis in Urban America, is forthcoming on the University of North Carolina Press. Their current research focuses on HIV/AIDS in the U.S. South, examining Southern spaces and populations long neglected in the national narrative of the AIDS epidemic that is primarily focused on white, gay, northern, urban communities. Their courses at Rhodes include "The History of Human Reproduction," "The History of HIV/AIDS," "Queer Histories," and "The U.S. in the 20th Century," as well as a directed inquiry on the history of midwifery in Memphis.


Joy Fairfield
Assistant Professor of Theater
Office: McCoy Theatre, 131
Phone: 901-843-3937
Email: fairfieldj@rhodes.edu

Joy Brooke Fairfield joins the Department of Theatre as Assistant Professor. Dr. Fairfield just received her Ph.D. in the department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University where she won the Charles M. Lyons award for outstanding dissertation for her manuscript "Fugitive Intimacies: The Unsettling Vows of Queer Wedlock Performance." She received her MA from New York University and her BA from Harvard University and her teaching interests include Performance Studies, Queer and Trans Theory, Feminist Theories and Methods, History of Theatre and Performance, Political and Protest Performance, Playwriting/Screenwriting, Acting, and Directing.


Charles Hughes
Director, Lynne & Henry Turley Memphis Center
Office:  206 West Campus Education Building
Phone: (901) 843-3379
Email: hughesc@rhodes.edu

Dr. Charles L. Hughes is the Director of the Lynne & Henry Turley Memphis Center at Rhodes College, where he designs courses, programs and partnerships. Dr. Hughes received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. His recent course offerings include The History of Memphis; Beale Street: The Past, Present and Future; Elvis Presley and America; Introduction to Urban Studies; and The Music of the American South. His acclaimed first book, Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015. He has published essays and delivered presentations on a wide variety of topics. He is currently working on a book about the history of African-Americans and professional wrestling in the United States, as well as several articles.


Duane Loynes, Sr.
William Randolph Hearst Teaching Fellow
Office: Clough Hall, 401
Phone: (901) 843-3262
Email: loynesd@rhodes.edu

Duane T. Loynes Sr. is the William Randolph Hearst Fellow in the Religious Studies Department. His research interests are at the intersection of Africana religion/philosophy, methodology, black existential phenomenology, and critical race studies. His current work focuses on the methodological assumptions that have historically provided theological justification for racial injustice, assumptions made all the more insidious because of their subversive nature. He is also interested in the engagement between black religion and black humanism, especially their respective roles in contemporary social protest movements and theory. He is currently working on a book on the role of religion in 20th- and 21st-century anti-racism movements. At Rhodes, he has taught courses on contemporary ethical issues, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., & James Baldwin.