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Department of History
University of Mississippi

Graham Auman Pitts

Croft Assistant Professor of  History and International Studies

Office Hours: Mondays, 9-11 am; Wednesdays, 10-12 pm; and by appointment

Bishop Hall 328B

(662) 915-1968  |

Ph.D., Georgetown University

Teaching and Research Interests
Middle East history, environmental history, famine, food studies, migration, war and society, and health and disease.


Graham Auman Pitts is a historian of food, famine, and environmental history. His work focuses on Lebanon and the modern Middle East but the major themes of his research: capitalism, disease, foodways, and migration demand a global framing.

Among his recent publications (as co-editor and co-author) is Making Levantine Cuisine: Modern Foodways of the Eastern Mediterranean (UT Press, 2021), a book project that he developed as a collaboration between scholars, food writers, and chefs. Pitts’ current book manuscript concerns the famine that struck Lebanon during World War I.

Before coming to the University of Mississippi, Pitts held faculty positions at North Carolina State, Georgetown, and George Washington universities. He grew up in North Carolina, between the city of Greensboro and the small town of West End. He was educated in Guilford County’s public school system. For his undergraduate degree, he attended Earlham, a small Quaker college in eastern Indiana. He completed his Ph.D. in history at Georgetown University.