- Flashes of Southern Spirit: Meanings of the Spirit in the U. S. South (2011)
- Southern Missions: The Religion of the American South in Global Perspective (2007)
- Religion and the American Civil War (1998)
- Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis (with Tom Rankin; Susan B. Lee) (1995)
- Encyclopedia of Southern Culture edited, with William Ferris (1989)
- Religion in the South: Essays (1985)
- Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920 (1980)
Born in 1948. He attended the University of Texas in El Paso where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Texas in Austin.
He taught at the University of Wurzburg in Germany, and the University of Texas, El Paso, and Texas Tech University.
He taught at the University of Mississippi from 1981 to 2014. He was Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Chair of History and Professor of Southern Studies. He served as the Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture from 1998 to 2007.
He is professor emeritus of history and southern studies at University of Mississippi.
Video from the Southern Documentary Project (2014)
Randall Stephens, editor of the Journal of Southern Religion, interviews Wilson at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting, San Diego, January 2010