Kelley Deetz

Environmental studies students uncover history at Stratford Hall

Students examine tree core samples

A group of Randolph environmental studies students recently traveled to Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee, in Stratford, Virginia, where they surveyed the area for details about its history. Led by Sarah Sojka, a physics and environmental studies professor, students sampled tree cores, mapped trails, and conducted a ground penetrating radar survey of... READ MORE >>

Deetz published in Smithsonian magazine

Kelley Deetz

An article by Kelley Deetz, visiting professor of sociology, was recently published in Smithsonian magazine. In the article, “How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine,” Deetz writes about the history of African American chefs and enslaved cooks in the United States. She also recently published the book, Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks... READ MORE >>

Deetz published in special issue of Slavery and Abolition academic journal

Kelley Deetz

Kelley Deetz, visiting professor of sociology, contributed an article to a special issue of Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies. Published June 1, the theme of the issue was “A Forum on Slavery and Universities.” Deetz’s article was entitled, “Finding dignity in a landscape of fear: enslaved women and girls at... READ MORE >>

Visiting professor’s book highlighted in Savor magazine

Kelley Deetz

A book by Kelley Deetz, visiting sociology professor at Randolph, is highlighted in the latest issue of Virginia’s Savor magazine. The article features a Q&A with Deetz, and highlights some of the historical recipes found in her book, Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine. Savor is a free magazine,... READ MORE >>

Deetz to speak at 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book

Kelley Deetz

Kelley Deetz, a visiting sociology professor at Randolph, will speak about her new book, Bound to the Fire, at the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book that takes place March 21-25 in Charlottesville, Va. The annual event is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and draws more than 20,000 people from around the... READ MORE >>

Deetz’s Bound to the Fire named among Smithsonian’s best books about food

Kelley Deetz

The Smithsonian has named Kelley Deetz’s book, Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine, as one of its 10 Best Books About Food of 2017. Deetz is a Randolph visiting sociology professor. Bound to the Fire draws upon archaeological evidence, cookbooks, plantation records, and folklore to present a nuanced study... READ MORE >>

Randolph’s Deetz to present keynote at Stratford Hall Teachers Institute

Kelley Deetz

Kelley Deetz, a visiting professor of sociology at Randolph, will give the keynote address for the upcoming 2017 Summer Institute for Teachers at historic Stratford Hall. The theme of the program, which takes place from July 26-29, is “Slavery in Virginia 1607-1758.” Deetz will discuss “Slavery and Resistance in the Early Atlantic World: Sowing the... READ MORE >>