Ian Davis

Ian Davis

Ian Davis

hid6@msstate.edu

Bio

I am a fourth-year doctoral candidate from Meridian, Mississippi. I specialize in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American military and political history. I am interested in the roles of militarism, republicanism, and race in shaping political debates and struggles in the United States. My current plans for research revolve around the place of black soldiers in the citizen-soldier tradition and American republican ideology.

Education

• Ph.D. Student, History, Mississippi State University, Fall 2016 – current
• M.A., History, University of Alabama, May 2016
• B.A., History, University of Mississippi, May 2014;
Phi Beta Kappa; summa cum laude

Academic Career

• Guest Lecturer, Mississippi State University
Fall 2017 – “Cold War Tensions and the Conflict in Vietnam,” Modern U.S. History: A survey of U.S. history from 1877 to the Present
Spring 2018 – “America’s Longest War, 1940-1973,” Modern U.S. History: A survey of U.S. history from 1877 to the Present
• Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mississippi State University
Fall 2016/Spring 2017 – Early U.S. History: A survey of U.S. history through Reconstruction
Fall 2017/Spring 2018 – Modern U.S. History: A survey of U.S. history from 1877 to the Present
Fall 2018 – Modern U.S. History: A survey of U.S. history from 1877 to the Present
Spring 2019 – World History After 1500
Fall 2019 – Early U.S. History: A survey of U.S. history through Reconstruction
Spring 2020 – Quartenary Graduate Fellow
Fall 2020 – Early U.S. History: A survey of U.S. history through Reconstruction
Spring 2021/Summer 2021 – Europe: World War I to Hitler
Fall 2021 - Modern U.S. History: A survey of U.S. history from 1877 to the Present
• Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Alabama
Fall 2014 - American History to 1865/ Spring 2015 – Western Civilization since 1684
Fall 2015 – American Civilization since 1865/ Spring 2016 – Western Civilization to 1684

Research Interests

• Twentieth Century American political history
• Segregation and Conservatism in the American South
• Militarism in American political culture
• Classics (Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome)

Publications

Publications

• “The Invisible Soldier: Oxford/Lafayette County African Americans and the World Wars,” The Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center, October 2013.
• Review of The World War I Dairy of José de la Luz Sáenz, translated and edited by Emilio Zamora with Ben Maya, Southern Historian, Spring 2015.
• “White-Collared White Supremacists: The Mississippi Citizens’ Councils and the Origins of
Rightwing Media,” The Journal of Mississippi History, Volume LXXVII, Spring/Summer 2015.
• Review of 1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back by David F. Krugler, Southern Historian, Spring 2016.


Conference Presentations

• “The U.S. Colored Troops’ Way of War: Rescue, Retaliation, and Occupation in the Departments of the Gulf and South,” presented at the Southern Historical Association, 87th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 3-6, 2021.
• “Senator and Segregationists: James O. Eastland, John C. Stennis, and the Defense of Jim Crow in the 1960s,” presented at the Ohio Valley History Conference, University of Tennessee at Martin, October 18-20, 2018.
• “Cold War Caesar: Elite Masculinity, Foreign Policy, and the Cinematic Portrayal of Caesar, 1945-1963,” presented at the Louisiana State University History Graduate Student Association Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, March 17-18, 2017.
• “Cold War Caesar: Elite Masculinity, Foreign Policy, and the Cinematic Portrayal of Caesar, 1945-1970,” presented at the Vanderbilt Graduate History Association Conference “Centers and Peripheries,” Nashville, TN, March 18, 2016.
• “Cold War Caesar: Elite Masculinity, Foreign Policy, and the Cinematic Portrayal of Caesar, 1945-1970,” presented at the University of Alabama Graduate History Association Conference “Power and Struggle,” Tuscaloosa, AL, October 16-17, 2015.

Honors & Awards

Phi Beta Kappa, 2014

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