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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Rupert B. Vance (1899 -1975)

President Chase also asked Odum to create a sociology department, which became one of the nation's premier social science programs. Odum focused on social and economic issues in the textile industry, tenant farming, and race relations. He recruited other prominent southern studies scholars to staff the Institute for Research in Social Science. These scholars included Rupert Vance, Arthur Raper, Guy and Guion Johnson, and Harriet Herring. Under their influence, the university became a national leader in the study of the American South.