SAFE Grant Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Cameron Lippard

Dr. Cameron Lippard 

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Sociology 
Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) fund recipient 
Project: “Modern Moonshine”  

Funding from a SAFE grant contributed to Lippard’s creation of the index for the edited volume, “Modern Moonshine,” specifically by hiring a professional indexer. This volume offers the first examination of the rise of the legal moonshine industry in southern Appalachia. The book probes the causes and impact of the moonshine revival. With 11 essays, it chronicles popular figures of the moonshine industry and explores how and why distillers promote their product as “authentic.” Scholars from anthropology, history, geography and sociology make sense of the legal, social and historical shifts behind contemporary production and consumption, offering a fresh perspective on an enduring Appalachian tradition. With the index successfully completed through the help of SAFE grant funding, the edited volume was published by West Virginia University Press in March 2019 and co-edited by Lippard and Dr. Bruce Stewart, professor, History. 

Two undergraduate students, including Brett Bolte ‘15, assisted Lippard in reviewing the construction of the edited volume and provided additional spot checks to the index. This opportunity allowed these students a look at the process of publishing an edited volume with a university press. 

“Modern Moonshine” will be used in Appalachian classes focused on the history and culture of Appalachia. These classes include, but aren’t limited to, Sociology of Appalachian Communities and History of the Appalachian Region. Additionally, a copy will be permanently included as a secondary source in Appalachian State University’s Belk Library Special Collections. 


About the Department of Sociology
The Department of Sociology offers a Bachelor of Arts and six Bachelor of Science concentrations (applied research methods; criminology; deviance and law; families and intimate relationships; gerontology; social inequalities; and individually designed, which requires departmental approval). The department also offers minors in sociology and gerontology, plus two online graduate certificates in gerontology and sociology. Learn more at

Compiled and written by Barclay Ann Blankenship and Ellen Gwin Burnette
Feb. 2, 2021

SAFE grant recipient, Dr. Cameron Lippard
Published: Feb 2, 2021 12:30pm