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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...

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...

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...

Owen J. Hyman Wins the Martha Moore Trescott Prize

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.

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...

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."