Department of History
Meet our Professors:
Dr. Westley “Lee” Follett, Associate Professor of History, and USM Gulf Coast History Program Coordinator. Dr. Follett received his doctorate from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He held a post-doctoral scholarship in the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies where he studied late medieval manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy. Dr. Follett teaches courses in Classical History, Medieval History, Church History, and the Renaissance. He is the author of a book entitled Céli Dé in Ireland: Monastic Writing and Identity in the Early Middle Ages (2006), and has published a half-dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on pre-Norman Ireland which have appeared in various medieval and Celtic Studies journals and festschriften. His recent research examined the veneration of Saint Michael the Archangel in early medieval Ireland. His current project investigates the holdings of a now-lost medieval Irish library.
Dr. James “Pat” Smith, Professor of History, earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Smith teaches courses in British and European History and third world areas affected by European imperialism. His most recent book, Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story was published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2012. He has authored 20 articles, chapters or reviews which have appeared in such publications as Albion, The Journal of Canadian Studies, The Journal of Negro History, and The Journal of Mississippi History, The Journal of American Ethnic Studies, and The Historical Dictionary of the British Empire. Dr. Smith is a recipient of the Carter G. Woodson outstanding article award from the Journal of Negro History and co-authored with Dr. Gilbert Mason a book entitled Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor’s Civil Rights Struggle (University Press of Mississippi, 2000).
Dr. Deanne Nuwer, Associate Professor of History, earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Nuwer teaches courses in American History, the History of the South, Mississippi History and the History of Medicine. As a specialist in pedagogy, Dr. Nuwer also teaches the department’s social studies teaching methods course for history majors seeking licenses to teach. In 2009, Dr. Nuwer published a book with the University of Alabama Press entitled Plague Among the Magnolia: The 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Mississippi. Dr. Nuwer has been active in historical preservation work in the City of Biloxi and has authored or co-authored 15 articles, chapters or reviews in publications including the Gulf Coast Historical Review, Southeastern Political Review, The Journal of Mississippi History, Women at War: An Encyclopedia and The Mississippi Encyclopedia. Dr. Nuwer is currently working on a new book on boat building in nineteenth century Mississippi.
Dr. Douglas Bristol, Associate Professor of History, earned his M.A. from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland. Dr. Bristol teaches courses in U.S. History, African American History, Economic History, The History of the South, and Mississippi History. In 2009 the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Press published Bristol’s his first book, Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom, which presents a social history of this group of black enterpreneurs who assumed leadership roles in their communities between 1750 and 1915 based on their success in running shops catering to prosperous white men in both the North and the South. Dr. Bristol has also authored numerous articles and reviews which have appeared in such publications as Southern Quarterly, The International Journal of Business, Essays in Economic and Business History, The Journal of Mississippi History, The Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History and the Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration. Bristol is currently working on a second book entitled "A Coming Revolution: Civil Rights Struggles in the U.S. Army During World War II.”
Dr. Mao Lin, Assistant Professor of History earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Georgia. He also completed a B.A. and M.A. in European History at Beijing University. He teaches courses in U.S. History, World History, The History of American Foreign Relations, and survey courses on Asia and Modern China. Before coming to USM Gulf Coast, Dr. Lin taught for several years at University of Georgia and Georgia College & State University. Dr. Lin’s research interests focus on U.S. foreign relations, U.S.-China relations, Cold War studies, and modern China. He has published 10 articles, book chapters, and reviews in several American and Chinese scholarly journals including The Journal of Cold War Studies, Diplomatic History, Peking University Historical Studies, The Chinese Historical Review, and The American Review of China Studies. Dr. Lin is currently working on a book manuscript that examines U.S.-China relations between 1966 and 1979 from the perspective of the two countries’ modernization discourse. This up-coming book will be among the first to explore U.S.-China relations using both Chinese and American archives.