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. His interdisciplinary approach to this field of study manifested itself in his dissertation entitled “The Dawning of the Black New South: A Geo-Political, Social, and Cultural History of Black Atlanta, Georgia, 1966-96.” He is currently working on his manuscript entitled “The Legend of the Black Mecca and the Making of an Olympic City: Intersections of Race, Class, and Politics in Modern Black Atlanta, Georgia.”
Dr. Hobson grew up in Selma, Alabama. He is a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Southern Historical Association, National Council of Black Studies, Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Dr. Hobson has won numerous awards for scholarship, including the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. George E. Mears Memorial Scholarship, the UNCF/Andrew Mellon Faculty Fellowship, Ford Fellowship, and the University of Illinois Dewson Fellowship. He brings a wealth of teaching experience. Before arriving at Georgia State University, Dr. Hobson taught at the University of Alabama, Tuskegee University, and the University of Illinois and most recently, he served as an Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi.