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Nicole King

Nicole King was born and raised in Conway, South Carolina. She is an assistant professor in the Department of American Studies and the director of the Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community, and Culture at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She studies and loves the stories of old places. Her first book Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolina’s Tourism Industry explores the cultural histories of the South of the Border roadside attraction and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, a motorcycle festival for African Americans. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband Baynard Woods and dog Bojangles.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. My family
  2. My independence
  3. Good food and drinks
  4. Good books, magazines, and newspapers
  5. Good music
  6. Walking, biking, and public transportations (no car)
  7. My students and colleagues at UMBC
  8. One week per year at the beach in South Carolina
  9. Coffee in the morning
  10. Clean underwear