Kayla Jordan

Kayla Jordan


  • MA Student


  • Teaching Assistant



Master of Arts in History                                                     Expected Spring 2022

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS


Bachelor of Arts in History, summa cum laude                                      April 2020

Mississippi State University—Meridian, Meridian, MS

Overall GPA: 4.0; President’s List: Fall 2018-Spring 2020


Associate of Science—General Studies, summa cum laude                   August 2018

Coastal Alabama Community College, Bay Minnette, AL

Overall GPA: 4.0; President’s List: Fall 2016-Summer 2018

Teaching Assistant                                                             Fall 2020-Spring 2022

Department of History, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

  • Modern U.S. History (Fall 2020)
    • Early U.S. History (Spring 2021)
    • History of Science in Six Ideas (Fall 2021)


Docent/Tour Guide                                                        January 2016-July 2020

Marengo County Historical Society, Demopolis, AL

  • Conducted tours of the historic house-museum Bluff Hall for both large and small groups as well as individuals of all ages
  • Taught patrons the history of the home, its contents, and the family who owned it as well as the history of Demopolis and Marengo County
  • As of April 2020, was charged with seasonally changing and cleaning the historical clothing displays in Bluff Hall (this has continued on a voluntary basis after July 2020)
  • Oversaw purchases, property/venue rentals, and event ticket sales in the Canebrake Craft Corner adjacent to Bluff Hall while on duty

Volunteer Experience

Girls’ Youth Councilor                                                              July 20-27, 2019

Frostbridge Holiness Camp, near Waynesboro, MS

  • Monitored the whereabouts and activities of all of the girls who stayed in the dorm and supervised their nightly Bible devotions and discussions
  • Assisted the other youth councilors in looking after all campers while swimming in the nearby creek and while participating in daily games/activities

• History and Memory of World War II
• Southern Cultural History

“The Brave, the Bored, and Those Who Were Both: Tales of How America’s Finest Men Combatted Monotony and Stress during the Second World War”
History and History Methods (Mississippi State, Spring 2020)
• An analysis of a portion of a personal letter collection written by a sailor stationed in the Pacific during World War II to demonstrate the importance of various methods of entertainment to deployed servicemen as means of distraction from stress and boredom during this particular conflict
• Advisor/Instructor: Dr. Judith Ridner, Professor of History

“Folklore: Fact, Fiction, or Both”
Mississippi History and History of the American West (Mississippi State, Fall 2019)
• A cultural analysis of various ghost stories and folklore from both Mississippi and the American West that focuses on the many different themes, ambiguities, and patterns that can be found in these tales and how these things are reflections of those who told the stories, whom the stories are about, the intended audience, and what could have influenced the stories when they were told
• Advisor/Instructor: Dr. Toby Bates, Assoc. Professor of History

“Same as Any Man: A History of Women and U.S. Military”
Women in American History (Mississippi State, Spring 2019)
• A brief history of American women in the United States military from the Revolutionary War through modern times based upon a large selection of sources and with the central theme being the idea that women can fight as well as men
• Advisor/Instructor of Record: Dr. Anne Marshall, Assoc. Professor of History
• Teaching Assistant: Niklas Trzaskowski

Normandy Academy            July 7-18, 2019
National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA
• Beginning at the museum in New Orleans and ending in Normandy, France, the trip focused solely on the events surrounding the June 1944 D-Day invasion as well as its historical and social repercussions during and after the war
• Based upon my resume, transcript, and two essays I submitted, I was granted a full scholarship (approx. $4,000) sponsored by AT&T to attend the Normandy Academy

James W. Garner History Scholarship, Mississippi State University
Fall 2020-Spring 2022
2020 Martha Swain Outstanding Scholar Award, Mississippi State University
Department of History and their associated chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
2020 Stephen D. Lee Scholar, Mississippi State University
2020 Dennis J. Mitchell Undergraduate Excellence Award, Mississippi State
University Meridian Division of Arts and Sciences
John Elliott Family Endowed Scholarship, Mississippi State University Division of Arts
and Sciences, 2019-2020
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Mississippi State University, 2018-2020
The Clay Firm Loyalty Scholarship, Mississippi State University—Meridian, 2018-2020
Kahlmus Loyalty Scholarship, Mississippi State University—Meridian, 2018-2020
Structural Steel Services Inc. Endowed Scholarship, Mississippi State University
Meridian, 2018-2019
Charles E. Steele Endowed Scholarship, Mississippi State University—Meridian,
Dean’s Scholarship, Coastal Alabama Community College, 2016-2018

• Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society (member)
• Alpha Chi National College Honor Society (member)
• Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society (member)
• The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (member)

• Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society (member)
• Golden Key International Honor Society (member)
• Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (member)
• Coastal Alabama Community College Scholars’ Bowl Team (National Academic Quiz Tournament LLC.)