Graduation 2020

December 3, 2020

In an effort to protect everyone's health and to give people who have worked so long and hard the graduation experience, Mississippi State University held several smaller graduations. Of particular note was the PhD. ceremony hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences. Held in a hall that usually seats 450, 14 PhD. graduates, dissertation advisors and some families and friends took seats appropriately distant from one another. They watched PhD recipients receive their hoods and officially become doctors. The three Mississippi State University history graduates who received their PhDs were...

Mississippi State University History's Four Nodes Of Excellence

October 23, 2020

For about fifteen years, MSU history has organized its graduate work around Nodes of Excellence. These are History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HOST); Agricultural, Rural and Environmental History (ARE); Identity: Race, Gender and Religion (RIGR) and War, Politics, and International Affairs (WPIA). These Nodes have enabled us to hire as clusters in these areas and to provide a sense of community among the various groups. It facilitates teaching around certain areas and provides us an impressive expertise and depth in scholarship and graduate education. This synergistic organization...

Morgan Robinson Awarded Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

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.

Judith Ridner On the 50th Anniversary of the 1970 Starkville Racial Protest Marches

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...

Jim Giesen Selected As 2020 Mississippi Humanist of the Year by Mississippi Humanities Council

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...