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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.

October 10, 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...

Mark D. Hersey Selected as Deans Eminent Scholar

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...

Aaron Thomas , MSU History Graduate Student, is a Recipient of the Walter Rosenberry Prize

August 25, 2019

Offered by the Forest History Society, the Walter S. Rosenberry Fellowship provides a $15,000 stipend to support the doctoral research of a graduate student attending a university in North America and whose research contributes to forest and conservation history. Thomas received the award to complete his "Controlling Christmas: An Environmental History of Natural and Artificial Trees." His dissertation seeks to use these trees to better understand debates about conservation and forestry management from the late nineteenth century to today. Walter S. Rosenberry (1931-2005), a long-time...

Jim Giesen Made Fellow by the Agricultural History Society

June 10, 2019

At its 100th anniversary meeting in Washington, DC, the Agricultural History Society conveyed upon Jim Giesen one of its highest honors. As a Fellow of the society, Giesen now is among a  coterie of individuals who by by-law must comprise less that a small percentage of the society's membership. Giesen's award stemmed from his standing as an agricultural historian--his book, Boll Weevil Blues, and several essays have won a number of prestigious national history awards--and because of his commitment to the society. For nearly a decade, Giesen served as executive secretary of the Agricultural...

Jermaine Scott appointed Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia for the 2019-20 Academic Year

May 20, 2019

  The Carter G. Woodson Institute's distinguished fellowship is a residential fellowship for post-doctoral students whose work focuses on Africa and/or the African Diaspora. Scholars selected for the fellowship relocate to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia to join a cohort of interdisciplinary scholars.  

Morgan Robinson Awarded Schmitt Grant By the American Historical Assoclation

April 24, 2019

The American Historical Association offers the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grants to support research in the history of Europe, Africa, and Asia. The funds for this program come from the earnings of a bequest from Bernadotte E. Schmitt, president of the Association in 1960. These grants are intended to further research in progress. Professor Robinson, one of eleven recipients nationwide, won the award for her research, "Standard Swahili: Expressions of Belonging and Exclusion in Eastern Africa."

Leigh Soares Awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship at the George and Ann Richards Center, Penn State University

March 16, 2019

Soares will be the 7th recipient of the Richards Center Postdoctoral Fellowship during the 2019-2020 academic year. Created in partnership with Penn State’s Africana Research Center, the Richards Center fellowship is open to recently graduated Ph.D.s studying aspects of the African American experience from slavery to Civil Rights. While in residence, Soares will have access to the Richards and Africana Research Centers professional resources. She will have a mentor to guide her and will participate in a series of professional development workshops. Soares will present her research to the Penn...