Louis M. Kyriakoudes is director of the Albert Gore Research Center and Professor of History at MTSU. He is an acclaimed historian who served as the Oral History Association's co-executive director from 2018 to 2022. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Vanderbilt University and received additional training in demography and public health as a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development postdoctoral fellow. He has won grants from the Economic History Association, U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Parks Service to support research and public programs. He is the author of The Social Origins of the Urban South: Race, Gender and Migration in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, 1890-1930 (University of North Carolina Press, 2003), co-editor (with Susanna Delfino and Michelle Gillespie) of Southern Society and Its Transformations, 1790-1860 (Missouri, 2011), and the author of many articles and book chapters.