The Diane D. Blair Center








Jim Blair with Lois Alward, Diane Blair’s sister.

To honor the legacy of Diane Blair, Jim Blair has funded the Diane Divers Blair Chair in Political Science. “The Chair will remind us that we must use our talents toward doing the best job we can, that our students deserve our best efforts. It will most certainly remind us of the kind of teacher and scholar we all aspire to be,” said Todd Shields, department chair. 

Creating new knowledge through support of research.

The Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society is dedicated to fostering scholarship, teaching, and service related to Southern Politics and culture.  We are committed to furthering the legacy of Diane D. Blair -- a nationally recognized scholar, a sought after instructor, and a committed political activist.  The Blair Center supports speakers, conferences, and research contributing new knowledge to our understanding of Southern politics.

Supporting graduate students and study in Southern Politics and Society

Graduate students interested in southern history, literature and politics, are recruited and provided with teaching assistantships named in honor of Diane D. Blair. These positions are highly competitive and provide sufficient resources to attract the best students in Political Science, History and English.  


The Blair Center
of Southern Politics and Society
428 Old Main
Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Todd Shields, Director