Jason Morgan Ward

Jason Ward

Jason Morgan Ward


237 Allen Hall

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




  • PhD, History, Yale University, 2008
  • Dissertation: ""Saving Segregation: Southern Whites, Civil Rights, and the Roots of Massive Resistance, 1936-1954."  "
  • Glenda E. Gilmore, Advisor

Research Interests

  • African American History, History of the American South, History of the United States Since Reconstruction, Violence and Extremism, Historical Memory



Selected Articles and Essays

  • "Introduction to the New Edition," Mississippi Black Paper (first published 1965 by Random House). Civil Rights in Mississippi Series. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017: vii- xxvii.
  • “Causes Lost and Found:  Re-Fighting Reconstruction in the Roosevelt Era.” In Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles Over the Meaning of America's Most Tumultuous Era, edited by Bruce E. Baker and Carole Emberton.  35-57. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
  • “The 1956 D.C. School Hearings and the National Vision of Massive Resistance,” Journal of Civil and Human Rights 1:1 (Spring/Summer 2015): 82-110.
  • "'A Monument to Judge Lynch': Racial Violence, Symbolic Death, and Black Resistance in Jim Crow Mississippi." In Death in the American South, edited by Craig Friend and Lorri Glover, 229-49.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • "'Negroes, the New Deal, and…Karl Marx': Southern Antistatism in Depression and War."  In Nation Within a Nation: The American South and the Federal Government, edited by Glenn Feldman, 102-21.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014.
  • "'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, 126-144. New York: 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, American Historical Review, Reviews in American History, Journal of Southern History, Journal of American Studies, Georgia Historical Quarterly and the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography


Honors & Awards

  • Nonfiction Prize, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, 2017
  • McLemore Prize (best book related to Mississippi history), Mississippi Historical Society, 2017
  • Dean's Eminent Scholar, College of Arts and Sciences, Mississippi State University, 2016
  • 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 4373 – The Modern Civil Rights Movement

HI 4493 Terrorism in America

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