During his thirty-five years at the helm of the Foundation, Gifford has edited and published more than 150 books that focus on the history, literature, and culture of Kentucky and Appalachia.
Dr. Gifford received the B.A. degree from Maryville College, the M.A. degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia in 1977.
He has published in historical, educational, and literary journals, and he has won professional awards as a teacher, author, and publisher. His Jesse Stuart: An Extraordinary Life was nominated for the Weatherford Award in 2010. His most recent books are Jesse Stuart: Immortal Kentuckian (2015) and Sergeant Sandlin: Kentucky’s Forgotten Hero (2018), a biography of the only native Kentuckian to receive the Medal of Honor in World War I. He compiled, edited and wrote for three recent anthologies: Hidden Heroes of the Big Sandy Valley (2015), Appalachian Murders & Mysteries: True Stories from West Virginia, Kentucky and Southern Ohio (2016), and True Christmas Stories From the Heart of Appalachia (2019). He is currently working on a collection of essays that focus on the depression decade in southeastern Kentucky.
Jim can be reached at email@example.com.