Dr. Sydney Pullen

Department / Division

  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Historical Anthropologist


  • Assistant Professor
  • (she/her)


Email: sp2365@msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2013


I am an engaged historical anthropologist, interested in the ways that racial capitalism—the co-constitutive system of racism and capitalism that we live in—shapes people’s experiences at the nexus of education, labor, and development. I have also trained as an applied anthropologist. These interests and subdisciplinary affiliations have led me to teach and/or conduct research in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Cuba, my home state of South Carolina, and in museums, state prisons, and schools. My most recent research investigates the legacies of industrial schools for African American students in contemporary workforce development programs in rural South Carolina. 

Research interests: Racial capitalism, racial ideologies, education, labor, development, political economy, historical memory, anti-racist scholarship, community-based research, archival research, historical anthropology, applied anthropology; the U.S. South, Latin America and the Caribbean.