Theses and Dissertations


Williams, Brian

Committee Member

Lalk, Sarah

Committee Member

mpson , Diego Tho

Committee Member

Winata, Fikriyah

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible MSU only 2 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Geoscience (Geography)

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Geosciences


This thesis examines the historical and contemporary roots of food apartheid in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, while employing a Black Food Geographies approach to highlight and interpret the lived experiences of people in the Delta. This work draws on interviews and participant observation in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to decenter popular narratives around food insecurity and region and instead center the ideas and opinions of people directly impacted. The thesis highlights Black Deltans’ experiences and understandings of food and foodways to provide a nuanced picture of how residents interpret, negotiate, and challenge the region’s unequal food geographies in light of a longer history of food apartheid