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Maurice J. Hobson

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, 2009
M.A., American Studies/African American Studies, University of Alabama, 2002
B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1999


Research and Teaching Areas:
Twentieth Century African-American History focusing on the Black New South
Urban History
Political History
Black New South Studies
African-American Studies
Oral history and ethnography, popular culture


Dr. Maurice J. Hobson is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University. He holds a B.A. Degree in History and African American Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was also a student athlete. He holds a M.A. degree in American Studies/African American Studies from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. degree in History, focusing in 20th Century African American History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hobson’s research interests are grounded in the fields of 20th Century U.S. and African American history, African American studies, oral history and ethnography, urban and rural history, political economy, and popular cultural studies. He is working to form a new and emerging field that he calls Black New South Studies. He is currently working on his manuscript entitled The Legend of the Black Mecca: Myth, Maxim and the Making of an Olympic City.






Hobson, Maurice J., The Legend of the Black Mecca: Myth, Maxim and the Making of an Olympic City, University of North Carolina Press, Fall 2015.

Book Chapters
Hobson, Maurice J., (In press), “What Y’all Really Know About the Dirty South: Explicating and Understanding the Origin, Significance and Sensibilities of Dirty Southern Hip Hop,” In Derrick Alridge & James Stewart (eds.), Journal of African American History’s ‘New Directions in Hip Hop Studies.’

Hobson, Maurice J., (In Press), “Speaking to the Spirit of the Games: Challenging Atlanta’s Image as Olympic City and Black Mecca Status of Atlanta, Georgia through the Prism of Popular Culture as Seen in the Dirty South,” Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Book Reviews Essays
Book Review for Sharon O’Foran,’s “Little Zion: A Church Baptized by Fire,” Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006, 288pp. $49.95 Hardcover. Journal of African American History, Vol. 93, (1), Winter 2008, pp. 121‐123.

Book Review for Hoda Zaki’s “Civil Rights and Politics at Hampton Institute: The Legacy of Alonzo Moron,” Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2007, 208pp. $35.00 Hardcover. History of Education Society, Vol.48, Issue 4, pp. 622‐626.

Encyclopedia Entries
Hobson, Maurice J., (Forthcoming, Summer 2015) “Hosea Williams,” in American National Biography, Oxford University, Press, New York.

Span, Christopher M. and Maurice Hobson (forthcoming, Fall 2009). “The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.” In Kofi Lometey (ed.) Encyclopedia of African American Education, Sage Publications, New York

Hobson, Maurice J., (Fall 2009), “The American Missionary
Association.” In Kofi Lometey (ed.) Encyclopedia of African American Education, Sage Publications, New York.

Journal Articles
Hobson, Maurice J. “Civil War Memory, Civil Rights and the Civic Religion of the American South: Race and the Business of College Football,” Journal of Southern History, (In press but not sure of publication date).

Newspaper Articles
Hobson, Maurice J., King’s Legacy: Assessing Progress in Race Relations, Civil Rights, Five Views, Georgia State University Website, January 19, 2014:

Hobson, Maurice J., “But For Bull Connor and Birmingham, we would not have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,’” The Birmingham News, April 13, 2013