Dwight B. Billings is a professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky. He is a past president of the Appalachian Studies Association and past editor of the Journal of Appalachian Studies. He is currently working on a study of the politics of “clean coal” in Appalachia.

Articles by this author Sort by : TopicSectionDate

In 1998, tobacco was Kentucky’s top cash crop. Kentucky was one of the three states with the largest number of family farms still in operation—and domestic tobacco was their main crop. Major changes swept over the tobacco industry that year when it was pressured to compensate states for the public health costs associated with smoking …

Read more