July 15, 2020
A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host. More details are forthcoming.
June 18, 2020
Starkville Daily News Earlier this month, spurred by the tragic death of George Floyd and the systemic racism that permeates our communities, thousands of us joined together for Starkville’s Unity March. We marched down Main Street to the Mississippi State University campus while carrying signs and chanting; police blocked traffic; merchants handed out water. At a rally that followed, we listened to speeches by university students, clergy, NAACP leaders, and state representatives; even Starkville’s mayor and the university’s president spoke words of support. Fifty years ago, another series...
Joseph Thompson on the long connection among race, military recruitment and country music in the Washington Post
June 9, 2020
The longtime connection between race, country music and military recruitmentBy Joseph M. ThompsonJoseph M. Thompson is an assistant professor of history at Mississippi State University. He is currently writing his first book, “Cold War Country: Music Row, the Pentagon, and the Sound of American Patriotism,” which traces the economic and symbolic connections between the U.S. military and the country music industry since World War II. June 9, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. CDT As protesters against police killings take to the streets across the nation, different branches of the U.S. armed forces have begun...
January 6, 2020
James C. “Jim” Giesen, associate professor in MSU’s Department of History, is the recipient of MHC’s 2020 Humanities Scholar Award for his work as the official scholar for the Mississippi tour of the Smithsonian Institution exhibit, “Waterways.” For Giesen’s work on “Waterways,” his award includes a commissioned work of art to be presented at the MHC annual ceremony. “Waterways” is part of the Smithsonian’s 2018-2019 traveling Museums on Main Street program, designed by Smithsonian scholars. “I am honored to have been chosen by the council to receive this award, especially because I’ve seen...
Mississippi State--the Home for Southern and Environmental History. We Go Back to Back!! Owen Hyman wins the C. Vann Woodward Prize of the Southern Historical Association . . . and we continue to rock the party!
November 12, 2019
Southern Historical Association announces C. Vann Woodward Award Winner for 2019 Athens, GA: The Southern Historical Association (SHA) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize: Owen Hyman, author of "The Cut and The Color Line: An Environmental History of Jim Crow in the Deep South’s Forests,” written under the direction of James C. Giesen at Mississippi State University. Last year, Jason Hauser, Mississippi State University, won the 2018 Woodward Award for his dissertation entitled "Southern Heat," a consideration of the idea of heat in the south and...
October 6, 2019
Mark D. Hersey has been chosen as the 2019 Deans Eminent Scholar in Humanities at Mississippi State. Hersey's selection is recognition of his manifest contributions to the historical profession, especially in the field of environmental history. His most recent labors have been on a study of the history of Alabama's Black Belt. Some of the richest farm land in the south, the region is marked by massive poverty. Hersey's work integrates the Black Belt environment with its people and institutions. He demonstrates how rampant discrimination and other forms of inequity have combined with...
September 18, 2019
The prize is awarded to the best paper at the intersection of business history and the history of the technology presented at the annual meeting of the Business History Conference.