April 30, 2017
Honored formally at the 15th annual Graduate Student Association Awards Banquet, they are among more than 65 cited for various personal accomplishments during the 2016-17 school year at the recent campus event sponsored by the GSA and the Graduate School. MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Young Hyatt was featured speaker.MSU Associate Professor of History James C. “Jim” Giesen received the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor of the Year Award.
April 25, 2017
See Below for the Program of the recent conference. Make plans now for next year. April 28th and 29th, 2017Mississippi State UniversityDepartment of HistoryFRIDAY, April 28thREGISTRATION 4:00-4:30p.m.Colvard Student Union, Room 328FIRST ROUND OF PANELS 4:30-5:45 p.m.Mississippi as Case StudyComments by Dr.
Mississippi State history graduate student Christina Gusella named the recipient of the Dr. János Radványi Memorial Scholarship.
April 20, 2017
MSU History Grad Student Receives Radványi Memorial ScholarshipMississippi State University Department of History graduate student Christina E. Gusella of Alexandria, VA, has been named this year’s recipient of the International Institute’s Dr.
April 12, 2017
A department of history undergraduate, Robert Frey, has won a prestigious scholarship to go to Normandy with the National WWII Museum this summer. The Mueller Scholars Award is an endowment set up for Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, co-founder of the Museum and its current President & CEO.
Jason Morgan Ward's Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century, wins the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters' Nonfiction Prize
April 3, 2017
The award banquet will be held in Cleveland, MS. on June 3.
March 14, 2017
• Jeffery B. Howell, Hazel Brannon Smith: The Female Crusading Scalawag (University Press of Mississippi, 2017) – out now • Michael J. Goleman, Your Heritage Will Still Remain: Racial Identity and Mississippi's Lost Cause (University Press of Mississippi) May 1, 2017 • William Harrison Taylor, Unity in Christ and Country: American Presbyterians in the Revolutionary Era, 1758–1801 (University of Alabama Press, 2017) – available June 6
March 10, 2017
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University Associate Professor of History Alexandra “Alix” Hui will spend three summers in Germany after receiving a Humbodt Research Fellowship for Experienced Scholars, one of the most prestigious academic awards in Germany.Given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the awards are designed to foster international exchange and networking among scientists and scholars.
October 30, 2016
Southern Historical Association announces Charles S. Sydnor Award Winner The Southern Historical Association is pleased to announce that the 2016 winner of theCharles S. Sydnor Award is Alison Collis Greene, Assistant Professor of History at MississippiState University in Mississippi State, MS for her 2015 Oxford University Press book, No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta. First awarded in 1956, the Sydnor
October 26, 2016
At a ceremony on October 11, Jason Ward was named Beverly B. and Gordon W. Gulmon Deans Eminent Scholar. This designation is to recognize extensive merit in a faculty member within the A&S college.In his eight years as a faculty member at Mississippi State University, Dr. Ward has amassed an impressive publication record, established an important national reputation, and demonstrated a commitment to public scholarship.
October 20, 2016
Mississippi State History is committed to giving back to the community. While our efforts are many, two bear noting. We support the Eighth of May celebration in Columbus, which marks the anniversary of the arrival of the Union army and the freeing of enslaved African American men and women. Held in the city’s old Black cemetery, students from the Mississippi School for Math and Science do research about the lives of slaves and new freemen buried in those plots, dress up in period garb, and portray these almost forgotten individuals.
October 18, 2016
STARKVILLE, Miss.—An associate professor of history and two-time recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship is Mississippi State’s 2016 Humanities Teacher of the Year.The selection of Stephen Brain is being announced by the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, along with the Mississippi Humanities Council. As part of the honor, Brain will be recognized during the Mississippi Humanities Council’s awards ceremony in Jackson next February.
October 18, 2016
STARKVILLE, Miss.--A new report from the National Science Foundation again finds Mississippi State Humanities ranked among the nation’s top 40 research institutions.The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2014 places the university at 37th overall among public and private institutions in the country, based on $2.1 million in total research and development expenditures.Research at Mississippi State is an important success story, said David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development.“Our faculty, staff and students engaged in
October 12, 2016
Michael B. Ballard was a native of Ackerman, MS. He earned his B.A. degree in history at Mississippi State University in 1975, his M.A. in history and archives at MSU in 1976, and his Ph.D. in history at MSU in 1983. He was an archivist in MSU's Mitchell Memorial Library from 1983 to 2011, serving successively as Associate University Archivist, University Archivist, and University Archivist and Coordinator of the Congressional Collection.He was also associate editor of the U. S.
Courtney Thompson Awarded the Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health
October 4, 2016
The Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health supports research using New York Academy library resources for scholarly study of the history of medicine and public health with an emphasis on visual culture. It is intended specifically for a scholar in residence at the Academy Library.The Academy's Library holds a particularly rich collection of images related to the history of medicine and public health dating from the early modern era into the twentieth century.
August 22, 2016
The History Department of Mississippi State University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in 19th Century U.S. African American History, beginning August 16, 2017. Teaching responsibilities are two courses per semester. Offerings include undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of expertise, a turn in the United States survey course, and graduate seminars. Demonstrated ability to contribute to the department’s longstanding Ph.D. program and vibrant intellectual and professional life is especially favored.A Ph.D. in history by time of appointment is required.
July 27, 2016
National fellowships recognizing work of MSU doctoral studentsJuly 27, 2016Contact: Hannah BatemanSTARKVIILE, Miss.—Mississippi State graduate students from Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee are spending the summer conducting dissertation research with fellowships awarded by prominent national organizations.All pursuing history doctorates at the university, they include:—Owen J. Hyman of Talisheek, Louisiana. Receiving the Forest History Society’s inaugural Walter S.
June 28, 2016
Sarah Lewin came to Mississippi State History a year ago from Oglethorpe University to pursue her Ph.D. degree. She studies the history of science and is particularly interested in early modern and 19th century European science. Poison is one of her particular interests. A proponent of social media, she follows Emily Gunther, who inaugurated the department's Facebook and Twitter pages.
June 27, 2016
At its annual meeting in New York City this year, the Agricultural History Society conferred upon Alan I Marcus the designation of Fellow of the Agricultural History Society for "his high standards of scholarship and service to the organization." The number of Fellows is strictly limited by the society's by-laws.
June 2, 2016
Lavine won the award for his paper entitled "The Two Faces of Radium in Early American Nuclear Culture." It was printed in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 2014, 39(1), pp. 53-63. Lavine will receive the award at the American Chemical Society's August meeting in Philadelphia.
May 27, 2016
STARKVILLE, Miss.— Mississippi State junior history major Kelley C. Mazzola of Starkville has been named the inaugural recipient of the Dr.
May 20, 2016
Contact: Zack PlairJason Morgan Ward (Photo by Megan Bean)MERIDIAN, Miss.—A Mississippi State associate professor of history has released a new book chronicling events in a small Mississippi town that is home to a tragic monument to racial struggle.Written by Jason Morgan Ward and published by Oxford University Press, “Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America’s Civil Rights Century” examines decades of racial tension in the Clarke County town of S
May 9, 2016
Kelli Nelson and Nick Timmerman, Ph.D. students in our graduate program, each received a fellowship to an outstanding repository. Timmerman's fellowship is an Andrew Mellon award to do research at the American Philosophical Society for his dissertation on the Indian Mounds of Alabama. Nelson's award is to the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware. Nelson is studying practices surrounding death and dying in mid-19th century America.
May 3, 2016
One of the highest awards the University can bestow upon a faculty member is that of William L. Giles Distinguished Professor. It is not a faculty rank but an honorary distinction.
May 2, 2016
Despite the inclement weather, the SHUR Conference went off without a hitch. Good papers and intellectual exchange characterized the event. SHUR CONFERENCEApril 29th and 30th, 2016Mississippi State UniversityDepartment of HistoryFRIDAY, April 29thREGISTRATION 4:00-5:00Colvard Student Union, Room 227 FIRST ROUND OF PANELS 5:00-6:15 p.m. Social Connections, at Home and AbroadComments by Dr.
April 16, 2016
The Department of History’s Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and the Environment of the South (CHASES) was quite visible at the recent annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History, the world’s oldest and largest organization of environmental historians. It sponsored the graduate student reception where nearly a hundred graduate students from across the country and around the world mingled and talked shop. Mississippi State was also well represented in the meeting’s intellectual pursuits.
April 6, 2016
Phi Alpha Theta held its annual banquet April 5 at the Historic Hotel Chester. Nearly 100 people attended. Ben Wise gave a rousing speech in which he considered the union in conversation of religion and SEC football. Much discussion ensued. Some 25 people were inducted into the Gamma Nu chapter, sheltered at Mississippi State History. Established in 1950, the banquet was graced by Dr.
April 4, 2016
Brain was presented his award by Interim Dean, Rick Travis
Julia Osman receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for “Disciplining War and the Civilian Imagination in France, 1600-1789.”
April 3, 2016
Osman received her Summer Stipend award as part of the NEH’s “Standing Together: Humanities and the Experience of War” initiative. This program employs the humanities to help understand the complex and fluctuating relations between soldiers and the people for whom they fight. The project argues that attempts to distance citizens from war ironically can make warfare more likely and appealing. Osman starts from the premise that war and military violence were part and parcel of everyday life in the seventeenth century but had become something only imagined in the eighteenth.
April 2, 2016
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Nearly a dozen Mississippi State students, faculty and staff members are being recognized for individual and group actions during the school year that served to enhance university diversity.The 2016 group formally was recognized at a recent MSU President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities ceremony.In announcing the winners, commission chair Lakiesha Williams praised all for “stepping outside of their norm and exhibiting a great passion for exploring and promoting diversity.“Each year, we’ve seen an increase in our nomination packets; we had the most ever,” Williams s
Jim Giesen's "The Truth About the Boll Weevil" Wins Mississippi Historical Society's MISSISSIPPI NOW Award
March 5, 2016
Giesen's award winning article can be found at http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms.us/articles/391/the-truth-about-the-bo...
'A Shaky Truce" - Civil Rights Struggles in Starkville, Mississippi, 1960-1980" Wins Mississippi Historical Society Oral History Award
February 23, 2016
Civil Rights forum highlights struggle, progressOctober 30, 2015Contact: Zack PlairMississippi State graduate student Nick Timmerman moderates a panel including Stephanie Rolph, assistant professor of history at Millsaps College; Shirley Hanshaw, associate professor of English at MSU; Michael Vinson Williams, dean of social sciences at Tougaloo College; and Chris Taylor, president of the Oktibbeha County chapter of the Nation
"Looking Back to the Future: Examining the Anomalies of the Past." Ninth Annual Symposium for History Undergraduate Research--Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2017
February 21, 2016
The History Department at Mississippi State University invites undergraduate scholars to submit papers for the ninth annual Symposium for History Undergraduate Research (SHUR). The symposium, "Looking Back to the Future: Examining the Anomalies of the Past," will provide students with the opportunity to present their research in the format of an academic history conference and have their work discussed by Mississippi State history professors. The event is scheduled for April 28-29, 2017, on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville.
February 16, 2016
You can find this video at https://vimeo.com/155541854
November 24, 2015
The Cause Was Never Lostby Jason Morgan Ward in the American HistorianOn September 12, 1920, armed white men abducted a black prisoner from the Clarke County jail in Quitman, Mississippi. The captive, Will Echols, had been transferred from a neighboring county "for safekeeping" after the Mississippi Supreme Court stayed his execution. Convicted of murdering a white night watchman at a local lumber plant, Echols narrowly avoided the gallows when another black convict confessed to the crime.
October 10, 2015
From the Letter of Nomination--Hui’s research has always been at the intersection of culture and science. She has specialized in what is now sometimes called history of the senses, which means the history of the five senses. Her book was about the German national identity as manifested around a debate about what made Germans such a musical people. Why were leading composers German? Why were the best concert halls in Germany? Why were the best musicians German? Why did so many Germans enjoy symphonic and operatic music? To a large number of investigators, the reason was clear.
"A Shaky Truce" - Civil Rights Struggles in Starkville, Mississippi, 1960-1980 Receives Mississippi Humanities Council Grant
September 6, 2015
The project can be found at http://starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu/. MSU History and Library Personnel involved in the project include:Lindsay Drane, Graduate StudentChristine Dunn, Undergraduate StudentNickoal Eichmann, History Research LibrarianEmily Gunther, Graduate StudentDee Heard, Graduate StudentSimon Marcy, Graduate StudentMichael Murphy, Graduate StudentKelli Nelson, Graduate StudentHillary Richardson, Humanities LibrarianJudith Ridner, PhD., Associate Professor of HistoryNick Timmerman, Graduate StudentJustin Whitney, Grad
Owen J. Hyman Receives the Forest History Society's First Walter S. Rosenberry Fellowship, the Center for Ethical Business Culture's Halloran Prize in the History of Corporate Responsibility and the Southern Labor Archives' Reed Fink Award.
July 25, 2015
• The Southern Labor Archives' Reed Fink Award was in Southern Labor History. • The Walter S. Rosenberry Fellowship is to complete his dissertation entitled "Naturalized Race, Industrialized Forests: An Environmental History of Jim Crow in the Forest Industries of Louisiana and Mississippi, 1880-1960." • The Halloran Prize was awarded for his paper, titled "Why a West Coast Paper Company Went South”: Corporate Expansion and Civil Rights in the Deep South," by the Business History Conference and the European Business History Association.
July 25, 2015
Senaga's fellowship is to complete her dissertation, titled "Tasteless, Cheap, and Southern? The Rise and Decline of the Farm-Raised Catfish Industry." The fellowship includes opportunities to teach courses in her field of expertise.
MSU Alum Publish. Timothy Vanderburg, Terry Alford, David Gleeson and Cadra McDaniel each has a new book. Jung Lee wins two international prizes.
July 13, 2015
• Jung Lee is the recipient of the Zhu Kezhen Junior Award, the highest honor of the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine for original scholarship in the history of science, technology, and medicine in East Asia, and the Abbot Payson Usher Prize, presented for the best scholarly work published during the preceding three years under the auspices of the Society for the History of Technology. • Terry Alford, Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth Oxford University Press. • Timothy Vanderburg, Cannon Mills and Kannapolis.
May 27, 2015
Marsha Barrett has just published a provocative article on the Republican Party's rightward thrust in the 1960s. You can read about it in Politico athttp://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/happy-nelson-rockefeller-...
May 20, 2015
On May 20, the history department hosted the inaugural EPIC World Events Forum, an informal setting where graduate students and professors discuss current events and place them in their historical context. The topic for today’s forum was the recent article in the London Review of Books by Seymour Hersh about the Osama bin Laden raid. The conversation centered on process of constructing narratives and the tools that historians use to evaluate an essay’s veracity.
May 7, 2015
May 1, 2015 - May 2, 2015
This year's Symposium for History Undergraduate Research (SHUR) has come and gone from Mississippi State University.
Ellen Spears, "'Beyond All Decency': Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town" now on Vimeo
May 6, 2015
The video can be found at https://vimeo.com/126308857 Ellen Griffith Spears teaches in the interdisciplinary New College and the Department of American Studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her research focuses on environmental and civil rights history of the U.S. South in a global context, with an emphasis on social studies of science, technology, and public health activism.
Nick Timmerman wins two fellowships at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library. Appointed CHASES assistant.
May 6, 2015
Nick Timmerman has been awarded both the Mark C. Stevens Fellowship and the Bordi/Gillette Research Fellowship from the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Timmerman has also been designated the Center for the History of Agriculture, Science and the Environmnet in the South (CHASES) assistant for the 2015-2016 academic year. Among other tasks, Timmerman will be in charge of arranging the CHASES Experiment Stations during the 2015-2016 academic year.
May 5, 2015
Gracjan Kraszewski receives travel grant from The Cushwa Center for American Catholicism to conduct research at the Notre Dame archives.
Dennis Mitchell Publishes New History of Mississippi. Wins Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Nonfiction Book Award.
May 5, 2015
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February 27, 2015
Emily Gunther came to Mississippi State History this year from Virginia Tech to pursue her Masters degree. She studies 19th century America and rural southern women. A proponent of social media, she inaugurated the department's Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow her at https://www.facebook.com/msstatehistorydept and https://twitter.com/msstatehistory.Emily welcomes new items of interest as well as comments.
February 12, 2015
MSU History has rebranded one of its three Nodes of Excellence. What had been known as IS/IS will now become EPIC. True, world events had made the old acronym troubling. But the real genesis for the rebranding came from the recognition that IS/IS no longer adequately reflected all of what we did. EPIC-Empire, Power, Identity, and Conflict—acknowledges an expansion of faculty and student endeavors. International Security and Internal Safety and all what they connote remain at the heart of EPIC but the reconfiguration permits us to embrace additional possibilities.
January 26, 2015
Sally McMurry's Center for the History of Agriculture, Science and the Environment lecture, originally presented on January 16, 2015 at Mississippi State University is now available online. Titled Agricultural History on the Ground, McMurry's presentation discusses preservation of agricultural landscapes. It can be found https://vimeo.com/117936600 here.
January 6, 2015
Starting in Fall 2015, several entering graduate students will receive Super Graduate Assistantships. Reserved for our very best new students, recipients will serve as teaching assistants with a stipend of at least $19,000 for the academic year. These Super Assistantships are recognition from the Graduate School of MSU History’s excellent program and the desire to attract ever better students. Each of these awards covers almost all tuition and fees in addition to the $19,000 stipend. Ph.D students will be favored for these awards but Masters students are also eligible for consideration.
November 17, 2014
10/28/2014Dear Dr. Marcus and the Mississippi State History Department, Thank you so much for the wonderful cowbells, folders, and all of the bags you so generously gave to the boys of Mississippi State here at Excellence NY. The items you gave have been used to incentivize learning in our classroom and have helped to create a culture in which Mississippi State pride is key. Your kindness has brightened the days of 30 first grade boys who love learning and Mississippi State.
November 12, 2014
At the College of Arts & Sciences convocation earlier this semester, Professor Stephen C. Brain was designated Dean's Eminent Scholar. Brain is the latest to receive this honor. Predecessors include history professors Peter C. Messer, Mary Kathryn Barbier, William Anthony Hay and James C. Giesen.
November 11, 2014
The Jackson prize is given to the best article published in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences During the Preceeding three years.The award citation read in part: The committee was impressed with the paper’s conception of the “taming of x-ray technology,” charting a path as clinical x-rays moved from being a miraculous, enticing novelty to become nearly invisibly woven into routine care.
November 10, 2014
Christopher Snyder, Dean of the Honors College and Professor of History, has been named an Affiliated Faculty Member in the Globalising and Localising the Great War Programme at the University of Oxford (http://greatwar.modhist.ox.ac.uk/?page_id=1317). He will be conducting research at Oxford in May and June 2015 for his next book, Gatsby's Oxford: Americans in the City of Dreaming Spires. He will be concentrating on the experiences of Mississippi State's first Rhodes Scholar, Major William M.
October 28, 2014
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August 26, 2014
Alexandra Hui wins the Early Career Award presented by the Society for the History of Psychology, a division of the American Pyschological Association.
August 26, 2014
Jim Giesen Awarded the 2013 Simkins Prize by the Southern Historical Association for the Best First Book in Southern History.
August 26, 2014
Kelli Nelson selected as CHASES Fellow. Kayla Hester awarded IS/IS fellowship
August 26, 2014
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August 26, 2014
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CHASES-Center for the History of Agriculture, Science and the Environment in the South-created at MSU
August 26, 2014
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