Natalie J. Ring is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas, where her research and teaching interests include the cultural and intellectual history of the American South, Jim Crow, and crime and punishment in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of The Problem South: Region, Empire, and the New Liberal State, 1880–1930 (2012) and a coeditor of The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South (2012) and Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South (2019). She is editing a forthcoming collection for Oxford University Press titled "The Lost Lectures of C. Vann Woodward." She is currently working on a history of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (known as Angola Prison).