About the CSGS

The Center for the Study of the Gulf South (CSGS) at the University of Southern Mississippi offers strengths in several critical eras of the American South and Caribbean basin—the colonial Gulf South, slavery and abolition, the Civil War era, and the Civil Rights Movement and other mobilizations for citizenship and equality. The faculty and graduate students of the CSGS regularly present their work at leading academic gathering including the Southern Historical Association, the Society of Civil War Historians, the Labor and Working Class History Association, and the Association of Caribbean Historians. Closer to home, you’ll find our members active in the Mississippi Historical Association and we’re proud to be the host institution of the Gulf South Historical Foundation.

CSGS benefits from the rich repositories at Southern Miss, including the award-winning Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, the Gandy Cultural Arts Center (formerly the Katrina Research Center), and the broad holdings in southern history at the McCain Archives. The CSGS is also linked to Southern Miss’s Center for Black Studies, the Center for War and Society, the Southern Quarterly, and the Gandy Center for Women in Leadership.

For more information, please contact the CSGS Co-Directors Dr. Douglas Bristol, Dr. Max Grivno and Dr. Matt Casey.