Jason Morgan Ward

20th Century U.S. History
Civil Rights and Racial Politics

237 Allen Hall
Mississippi State University
Mailbox H
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-3604
E-mail: jward@history.msstate.edu

Fellowships, Honors and Awards


PhD, History, Yale University, 2008

Dissertation: ""Saving Segregation: Southern Whites, Civil Rights, and the Roots of Massive Resistance, 1936-1954."  "

Glenda E. Gilmore, Advisor

M.Phil, History, Yale University, 2006

M.A., History, Yale University, 2005

B.A., History Duke University, 2001

Research Interests

Southern History, African American History, Twentieth Century United States Social and Political History, Comparative Race Relations



Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence, Grassroots Struggle, and America's Civil Rights Century (Oxford University Press, under contract)

Defending White Democracy: The Making of the Segregationist Movement and the Remaking of Racial Politics, 1936-1965 (University of North Carolina Press, 2011)

Selected Articles and Essays:

"'A War for States' Rights': The White Supremacist Vision of Double Victory." In Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement, edited by Kevin Kruse and Stephen G. N. Tuck. Oxford University Press, 2012)

"'A Richmond Institution': Earnest Sevier Cox, Racial Propaganda, and Organized Opposition to the Civil Rights Movement," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 116 (September 2008): 262-93.

"Nazis Hoe Cotton: Planters, POWs, and the Future of Farm Labor in the Deep South," Agricultural History 81:4 (Fall 2007):  471-492. 

"'No Jap Crow": Japanese Americans Encounter the World War II South." Journal of Southern History 73 (February 2007):  75-104.

Books reviewed for the Journal of American History, Journal of Southern History, Journal of American Studies, Georgia Historical Quarterly and the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
William E. Parrish Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of History, Mississippi State University (Spring 2013)
State Pride Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service, Mississippi State University (2010, 2011)
Humanities and Arts Research Program Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Mississippi State University (2010)
Sole Runner-Up, Allan Nevins Prize, Society of American Historians (2009)
Finalist, C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize, Southern Historical Association (2009)
Everett E. Edwards Award, Agricultural History Society (2007)

Courses Taught

HI 1073 United States History since 1877
HI 3093 Historiography and Historical Methods
HI 4163 The United States, 1917 to 1945
HI 4173 The United States Since 1945
HI 4493 Terrorism in America
HI 4990: Delta History Service and Experiential Spring Break
HI 8823 Graduate Seminar on United States History since 1877
HI 8963  Graduate Colloquium in United States History Since 1945