Her most recent book No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice will be published by UNC Press (a Ferris & Ferris Imprint) in April 2021. It examines the long history of Confederate monuments from those first built after the Civil War to the protests against them in the summer of 2020.
A successful public intellectual, she has written op-eds for the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, TIME, Publishers Weekly, and the Huffington Post. Her expertise on southern history and culture has led to numerous newspaper, radio, and television interviews with media outlets from around the world. She appeared in Lucy Worsley’s BBC Production of American History’s Biggest Fibs and the PBS documentary Reconstruction: America after the Civil War, produced by Henry Louis Gates.
Cox is originally from Huntington, West Virginia, a small city in the southwestern part of the state adjacent to Kentucky and Ohio. She’s lived in North Carolina since the age of 12 except for stints in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. She is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and where she has taught since 2002.