Kevin Greene, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of History

I hold a Ph.D. in American History with special concentrations in 20th Century African American social, cultural, and transnational history. I have broad training in U.S. History from the 17th Century to the present and my specific interests are in Twentieth Century American, African American, and Atlantic World History. My manuscript, titled “‘Just a Dream:’ The Invention and Reinvention of Big Bill Broonzy,” focuses on the era of the Great Migration and examines African American community and identity development from both a national and transnational perspective through the eyes of an Arkansan who had convinced the world he was from Mississippi. The project investigates the emergence and dissemination of blues culture throughout the U.S. and across the Atlantic to Europe through the life of one of its brightest, yet unsung stars. Central to its investigation of African American and transnational community and identity development are issues relating to race, gender, class, family relationships, and urbanization.
Recently, I have connected with a local blues and civil rights heritage tour guide from Greenwood, MS who is looking to connect the Mississippi Delta's rich past with students and faculty from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Sylvester Hoover has deep connections to the blues and civil rights in the Delta and is eager to share his network with me in hopes of gaining funding and/or interest from the USM.


“Just a Dream:” The Making and Remaking of Big Bill Broonzy. Proposal accepted for publication with manuscript under consideration at The University of North Carolina Press.

“Just a Dream: Big Bill Broonzy, the Blues, and Chicago’s Black Metropolis” Journal of Urban History (forthcoming)

Book Review, Stephen Wade, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience. The Journal of Southern History (forthcoming)

“Old Country Blues: The Fascinating Career of Big Bill Broonzy in Europe” Southern Cultures (currently under review)