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Painting a New Reality - Dr. Jennifer Courts

Jennifer Courts  |  Painting a New Reality

In her forthcoming book, Painting a New Reality on Panel and Parchment in France, 1400-1500, Dr. Jennifer Courts examines the falsification and construction of identity through visual culture, particularly portraits, tapestries, and panel paintings commissioned by the rising French nobility at the end of the fifteenth century.

Timothy J. Tesh

Timothy J. Tesh  |  Adaptations for Trumpet 

Assistant Professor of Trumpet Dr. Timothy J. Tesh continues the Southern Miss tradition of excellence with an instructive method book for beginning students, The Daily Routine Songbook for Trumpet, to be published in the summer of 2018 by Mountain Peak Music, and his first solo CD, titled Adaptations for Trumpet.


En Tu Medio

Leah Fonder-Solano  |  En Tu Medio: Intermediate Spanish 

The culmination of six years of research and writing with co-authors Casilde Isabelli and María Isabel Martínez-Mira, Dr. Fonder-Solano's intermediate Spanish language textbook proposes to profoundly impact the field of language teaching.

The Wordsworth-Coleridge Circle and the Aesthetics of DisabilityDEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH


Emily Stanback  |  The Wordsworth-Coleridge Circle and the Aesthetics of Disability

Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 and the United Kingdom’s Disability Discrimination Act of 1995, both prohibiting discrimination based on disability, people with disabilities still face stigma on both sides of the Atlantic. Dr. Emily Stanback explores how disabilities have been understood throughout history, allowing us to better understand existing ways of thinking about health and the body.
Parables of a Madman by Matthew Casey

Matthew Casey  |  Parables of a Madman: Joseph Jolibois Fils and the U.S. Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934) 

Dr. Matthew Casey’s Parables of a Madman: Joseph Jolibois Fils and the U.S. Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934) examines the cooperation between Haiti and the Dominican Rebublic by following the life of Haitian political activist Joseph Jolibois Fils, who played a key part in a network of political activism that stretched across both countries in the 1920s and 1930s.

Dehumanizing Institutions - Research by Matthew Ward

Matthew Ward  |  Enduring Consequences of Dehumanizing Institutions: Slavery and Contemporary Minority Social Control in the U.S. North and South 

There is much debate over whether the United States has moved beyond its history of slavery. Dr. Matthew Ward’s research project, “Enduring Consequences of Dehumanizing Institutions: Slavery and Contemporary Minority Social Control in the U.S. North and South,” seeks to demonstrate how the United States’ history of slavery still has an impact on modern racial inequality.  

Patrolling the Border - Research by Joshua Haynes

Joshua Haynes  |  New Research Uncovers Impact of Native American Border Patrols 

Between 1770 and 1796, there were approximately 1,000 raids on Georgia squatters’ settlements executed by the Creek Indians along the contested border between their territory and that of Georgia. Previous research regarded these raids as acts of senseless, random violence and theft. But Dr. Joshua Haynes has determined that these raids were not random acts of violence, but border patrols with larger long-term implications than previously thought. 

Social Advertising - Research by Fei Xue

Fei Xue  |  The Use of Social Information in Advertising

Advertising is evolving beyond sharing a broad message for a large demographic and instead has begun to narrow its focus towards targeting individuals in an effort to make advertisements more relevant to consumers. Dr. Fei Xue is conducting intensive research on the innovative algorithm that Facebook uses for targeted advertising and is examining how Facebook’s method of advertising affects how people feel about advertising as a whole.

City of Red Light

Andrew Ross  |  The City of Red Light: Paris Prostitution in the 19th Century

An ongoing project at The University of Southern Mississippi seeks to understand better the relationship between sex and the city by examining how Parisians approached prostitution and homosexuality in modern urban planning. Research by history professor Dr. Andrew Israel Ross shows how official policies designed to regulate sex enabled unofficial efforts to appropriate public and semi-public spaces for sexual activity and created new opportunities for sexual behavior.


Recent Publications, Performances & Exhibits


What's It to Me? Self-Interest and Evaluations of Financial Conflicts of Interest

Research Ethics, 2017, pp. 1 - 17.

Dr. Samuel Bruton, Department of Philosophy & Religion
Donald F. Sacco, Department of Psychology

Samuel BrutonAbstract: Disclosure has become the preferred way of addressing the threat to researcher objectivity arising from financial conflicts of interest (FCOIs). This article argues that the effectiveness of disclosure at protecting science from the corrupting effects of FCOIs—particularly the kind of disclosure mandated by US federal granting agencies—is more limited than is generally acknowledged. Current NIH and NSF regulations require disclosed FCOIs to be reviewed, evaluated, and managed by officials at researchers’ home institutions. However, these reviewers are likely to have institutional and personal interests of their own that may undermine the integrity of their evaluations. This paper presents experimental findings suggesting that such interests affect third-party assessments of FCOIs. Over 200 participants gauged the ethical significance of various hypothetical yet realistic FCOIs in academic research settings. Some of them were led to believe they had a small personal interest in allowing conflicted research to proceed, whereas others’ personal outcomes were unrelated to the conflicted research. The results show that motivated reasoning influences FCOI evaluations, such that those with personal interest in conflicted research provided more lenient evaluations of researcher FCOIs. These findings imply that the capacity of federally mandated FCOI disclosure procedures to enhance bias-free science is quite restricted.


Talking Pillow

Dr. Angela Ball, Department of English

Talking Pillow by Angela BallTalking Pillow celebrates love as amazement, sustenance, and the progenitor of scarce-believable loss. The book centers around the sudden death of the author’s long-time partner and travels outward to events in the world at large. Imagining themselves into multiple times, places, and lives, the poems comically explore the possibilities of attachment between people and the absurdity of death’s sudden intrusion. Antic and often funny, these poems converse with all that we care about, fear, and fail to understand.


Hood's Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy's Most Celebrated Unit 

Dr. Susannah Ural, Department of History

Hood's Texas Brigade by Dr. Susannah Ural Series: Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War

Publisher: LSU Press (November 13, 2017)

Examining one of the most effective units to fight on either side of the conflict, Ural presents a nontraditional unit history that traces the experiences of these soldiers and their families to gauge the war’s effect on them and to understand their role in the white South’s struggle for independence.Ural argues that the average Texas Brigade volunteer possessed an unusually strong devotion to southern independence. Whereas most Texans and Arkansans fought in the West or Trans-Mississippi West, members of the Texas Brigade volunteered for a unit that moved them over a thousand miles from home, believing that they would exert the greatest influence on the war’s outcome by fighting near the Confederate capital in Richmond.  


Paper in Particular National Exhibition

Three Department of Art and Design graphic design professors have been selected to exhibit in the 38th Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition, February 20-March 31, at Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri. The juror was Ben Cameron, Professor Emeritus at Columbia College where he started the Paper in Particular National. DeAnna Douglas is exhibiting Sticks and Stones, a watercolor; Professor John Mark Lawler is exhibiting Innocence and Violence and Compassion, both digital collages; and Professor Jacob Cotton is exhibiting a graphite drawing entitled The Greatest Light

"Sticks and Stones" by DeAnna Douglas
DeAnna Douglas

Art by John Mark LawlerJohn Mark Lawler

"Greatest Light" by Jacob CottonJacob Cotton

"The Body Politic"

Elizabeth Lentz-Hill and Kelly Ferris Lester

Elizabeth Lentz-Hill and Kelly Ferris Lester, Department of Dance, will tour their performance project "The Body Politic" to five universities—University of the South, Auburn, Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, and University of Memphis. The performance includes a solo by Lentz-Hill, a solo by Lester and their prop-filled "People Issues" duet. At each university, professors from Women and Gender Studies departments will lead a post-performance discussion. Lentz-Hill and Lester will also teach masterclasses based on the performance and the creation of "People Issues."


Our Revelatory Culinary Road Trip Through the New South

Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre, professor in the Department of Communication Studies and her colleague Ashli Q. Stokes worked with Zocalo and the Smithsonian to produce an article that is part of the "What it Means to be American" series.

"It was New Year’s Day in Charlotte, North Carolina, and seemingly half of Mecklenburg County had come to the K&W Cafeteria for black-eyed peas, greens, and hog jowls—foods to bring good luck for the year ahead. The Formica tables were packed with local ladies in their fancy hats, college kids, tired families, and business folks in suits, all snaking slowly through a winding line to order."

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Empire's Guestworkers: Haitian Migrants in Cuba during the Age of US Occupation (Afro-Latin America)

Matthew Casey, Department of History

Empire's Guestworkers by Matthew Casey

Haitian seasonal migration to Cuba is central to narratives about race, national development, and US imperialism in the early twentieth-century Caribbean. Filling a major gap in the literature, this innovative study reconstructs Haitian guestworkers' lived experiences as they moved among the rural and urban areas of Haiti, and the sugar plantations, coffee farms, and cities of eastern Cuba. It offers an unprecedented glimpse into the daily workings of empire, labor, and political economy in Haiti and Cuba. Migrants' efforts to improve their living and working conditions and practice their religions shaped migration policies, economic realities, ideas of race, and Caribbean spirituality in Haiti and Cuba as each experienced US imperialism.

"Agency and Resilience Along the Arizona-Sonora Border: How Unauthorized Migrants Become Aware of and Resist Contemporary U.S. Nativist Mobilization"

Matthew Ward, Department of Anthropology & Sociology and Daniel E. Martínez

Matthew WardABSTRACT: Little is known about the extra-political consequences of contemporary U.S.-based nativist mobilization as well as the resilience unauthorized migrants display in the face of anti-immigrant mobilization along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bringing together social movements and immigration literatures, we examine these interrelated issues using original survey data from the first wave of the Migrant Border Crossing Study. In so doing, we examine: (1) factors influencing repatriated unauthorized migrants’ awareness of nativist mobilization (i.e., Minutemen) along the Arizona-Sonora border, and (2) factors explaining why some migrants would or would not be potentially deterred from attempting future unauthorized crossings if encountering the Minutemen were a possibility. Results from a Heckman probit selection model indicate that higher levels of general, financial, and migration-specific human capital are associated with awareness of the Minutemen, while higher household income and status as an indigenous language speaker predict who would be less likely to be deterred from crossing. We also uncover an interesting paradox: migrants traveling with coyotes were less likely to have heard of Minutemen and more likely to be potentially deterred. Collectively, our results provide insight into the overlooked extra-political consequences of contemporary U.S. nativist mobilization, how resiliency in the face of such a deterrent is structured among repatriated unauthorized migrants, and how seemingly powerless migrant groups can mitigate potential threats initiated by relatively privileged groups of U.S. citizens.

Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation, and National Identity in Britain, 1918-50

Allison Abra, Department of History

Dancing in the English StyleDancing in the English style explores the development, experience, and cultural representation of popular dance in Britain from the end of the First World War to the early 1950s. It describes the rise of modern ballroom dancing as Britain's predominant popular style, as well as the opening of hundreds of affordable dancing schools and purpose-built dance halls. It focuses in particular on the relationship between the dance profession and dance hall industry and the consumers who formed the dancing public. Together these groups negotiated the creation of a 'national' dancing style, which constructed, circulated, and commodified ideas about national identity. At the same time, the book emphasizes the global, exploring the impact of international cultural products on national identity construction, the complexities of Americanisation, and Britain's place in a transnational system of production and consumption that forged the dances of the Jazz Age.

Consuming Identity: The Role of Food in Redefining the South

Wendy Atkins-SayreDepartment of Communication Studies, and Ashli Quesinberry Stokes

Consuming Identity"Southerners love to talk food, quickly revealing likes and dislikes, regional preferences, and their own delicious stories. Because the topic often crosses lines of race, class, gender, and region, food supplies a common fuel to launch discussion.

"Consuming Identity sifts through the self-definitions, allegiances, and bonds made possible and strengthened through the theme of southern foodways. The book focuses on the role food plays in building identities, accounting for the messages food sends about who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we see others. While many volumes examine southern food, this one is the first to focus on food’s rhetorical qualities and the effect that it can have on culture." - 

Andrew Wiest

"The Tet Offensive Was Not About Americans" 

Capt. Tran Ngoc Hue was awakened by the sound of fireworks. It was 1968, at the start of the Tet holiday in Vietnam. Shaking off sleep, he realized that the sound was actually incoming artillery, and that his hometown, Hue, was under attack. He bundled his parents, wife and daughters into the family bunker, kissed the girls goodbye, commandeered his father’s bicycle and pedaled off toward the sound of the fighting. The Tet offensive had begun.

Dr. Andrew Wiest, Department of History, in The New York Times, March 1, 2018

Heather Stur

Over the last year Dr. Heather Stur, Department of History, has published four articles in the New York Times' "Vietnam '67" series. Her most recent article, "The Beatles of Vietnam" discusses the popular South Vietnamese rock 'n' roll group CBC Band. Her article "The Viet Cong Committed Atrocities, Too" resulted in Stur receiving a grant from Lockheed Martin to fund further research. You can read her work on Viet Cong terrorism here. She also authored "South Vietnam's Daredevil Girls" and "Combat Nurses and Donut Dollies." 

Cristina Peri Rossi

An article by Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures professor Dr. Leah Fonder-Solano constitutes the opening (foundational) chapter of the University of Seville book entitled, Erotismo, transgresión y exilio: las voces de Cristina Peri Rossi. This collection brings together new research by the world's leading scholars on Cristina Peri Rossi, a famous Uruguayan author.


"The Daughters of the Confederacy Get Creative"

United Daughters of the Confederacy cookbookThe Conversation, an online magazine that features writing by academics, did a story for National Sandwich Day where five historians wrote brief pieces on sandwiches. Andrew Haley, Department of History, was one of the five.


"A variationist account of Puerto Rican subject personal pronoun expression"

Laurel Abreu

Laurel Abreu's (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures) book chapter, "A variationist account of Puerto Rican subject personal pronoun expression," appeared in a volume on Puerto Rican Spanish that was recently published by Routledge. The chapter explores the linguistic and social factors that were found to constrain subject pronoun expression in the speech of monolingual Spanish speakers from western Puerto Rico.

Abreu, L. (2017). "A variationist account of Puerto Rican subject personal pronoun expression." In M. González-Rivera (Ed.), Current Research in Puerto Rican Linguistics. New York: Routledge.


American Nation-Building: Case Studies from Reconstruction to Afghanistan

American Nation-Building: Case Studies from Reconstruction to Afghanistan

Dr. Robert J. Pauly, Jr. (Associate Professor of International Development) and Dr. Kevin Dougherty (Assistant Commandant for Leadership Programs, Adjunct Professor, The Citadel, and 2011 IDV Program graduate) recently published American Nation-Building: Case Studies from Reconstruction to Afghanistan (Jefferson, NC: McFarland& Company, Inc., Publishers).


Integrating the US Military

edited by Douglas Bristol and Heather Stur, Department of History

Integrating the US Military

Integrating the US Military traces the experiences of African Americans, Japanese Americans, women, and gay men and lesbians in the armed forces since World War II. By examining controversies from racial integration to the dismantling of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" to the recent repeal of the ban on women in combat, these essays show that the military is an important institution in which social change is confirmed and, occasionally, accelerated.


"Gilman’s Paperwork: Authorship, Accounting, and Archival Memory"

Craig Carey, Department of English

American Literary History, Volume 29, Issue 2, 1 May 2017, pp. 307–330.


"Accepting Adèle in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre"

Alexandra Valint, Department of English

Dickens Studies Annual, vol. 47, 2016, pp. 201-222.

Adèle, Jane Eyre’s pupil in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, is often caricaturized by critics as a shallow flirt and mini-Blanche, even though, throughout the novel, Adèle is spirited, affectionate, and obliging. Although critics often suggest that Jane is disappointed in or apathetic towards Adèle, I argue that Jane sincerely cares for her student. While critics liken Adèle to Céline and Blanche, Adèle actually resembles Jane—both are orphaned, speak French and English, are described as “foreigners,” espouse skepticism, and exercise their artistic talents. In line with scholarship that shows female friendship’s centrality in Victorian literature, I draw attention to the warm friendship between Adèle and Jane and show how their friendship paves the way for Jane and Rochester’s friendship-turned-romance. Adèle, while like Jane, never serves as a simple double for her or as a mere mechanism for the novel’s central romance. Both Jane and Rochester, at times, problematically project their own selves and pasts onto Adèle, which the novel critiques by revealing the self-centered motives behind such attempts and by highlighting the gap between the faulty projections and the real Adèle. More broadly, my focus on Adèle, one of the novel’s main child characters, points to the novel’s acceptance of children’s worldliness and its critique of the Romantic child.


Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) and Editor of The Southern Quarterly, has published, or had accepted for publication, more than 30 poems and interviews  this spring and summer in numerous journals including America, American Poetry Journal, Arkansas Review, Blue Collar Review,  Christian Century, Emmanuel,  Louisiana Literature, Negative Capability, New Verse News,  Paterson Literary Review, Penwood Review,,  Presence, Sojourners, Spiritus,  St. Austin Review, Xavier Review,  Valley Voices, and Willow Review.


“Financial Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure, and Academic Discipline”

Samuel Bruton, Department of Philosophy and Religion, with Donald F. Sacco and Ralph Didlake

Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 2016: 1–5.


"Refashioning Spain: Fashion, Consumer Culture, Gender, and International Integration under the Late Franco Dictatorship" 

Alejandro Gomez-del-Moral, Department of History

The Global 1960s: Convention, Contest and CountercultureTamara Chaplin and Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney, eds. New York: Routledge, 2017.


"In the Shadow of Coatlicue’s Smile: Reconstructing Indigenous Female Subjectivity in the Spanish Colonial Record"

Jeanne Gillespie, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Women's Negotiations and Textual Agency in Latin America, 1500-1799.  Monica Diaz and Rocio Quispe-Agnioli, eds. New York: Routledge, 2017.



Faculty Awards

Kelly Ferris Lester Wins 2017 HEADWAE Award

Kelly Ferris LesterThe Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) was established by Mississippi Legislative Resolution to annually honor the academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi's higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. 

The goal of Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education, promote good citizens capable of thriving in today's society. To this end, one student and faculty honoree are annually selected from each of the thirty-four public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges to participate in the Appreciation Day activities.


Article of the Year Award for Volume 43 of American Educational History Journal

Jennifer P. Anderson (Interdisciplinary Studies) and Thomas V. O'Brien (Educational Research & Administration) were honored at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Organization of Educational Historians with the Article of the Year Award for Volume 43 of AEHJ for their piece, "Pork Choppers, Presidents, and Perverts: The Response of Two University Presidents to Attacks on the Privacy and Academic Freedom of Professors by the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, 1956-1965."

According to the journal's editor, "This important study provides a cautionary lens with which to view the professoriate — particularly in terms of reconciling the individual’s private and public life. It would seem that in this era of great scrutiny — when a tweet can ruin a career — Anderson and O’Brien’s message and research cannot be more timely."


Arts & Letters Faculty Excellence Awards 2016-17

Excellence Award Winners

JUNIOR FACULTY MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Allison Abra, Department of History 

STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Kelly James-Penot, Department of Theatre 

FACULTY SERVICE AWARD: Ann Marie Kinnell, Department of Anthropology & Sociology 

INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR: Kelli Sellers, Department of English 

RESEARCHER OF THE YEAR: Steven Venette, Department of Communication Studies

TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Fei Xue, School of Mass Communication & Journalism



Arts & Letters Lucas Award Winners

  • Dr. Daniel Capper, Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, for his research project “Creating a Study Abroad Program and a Book in Thailand.”
  • Dr. Matthew Casey, Assistant Professor of History and current Nina Bell Suggs Professor of History, for his research project “Parables of a Madman: Joseph Jolibois Fils and the U.S. Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934).”
  • Dr. Westley Follett, Associate Professor of History and 2017 Southern Miss Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year, for his research project “Medieval Irish Monks and Their Manuscripts.”
  • Dr. Joshua Haynes, Assistant Professor of History, for his research project “Patrolling the Border: Theft and Violence on the Creek-Georgia Frontier, 1770-1796.”
  • Dr. Webb Parker, Assistant Professor of Music, for his cross-disciplinary research initiative with Dr. Ann Blankenship of the College of Education and Psychology, “The prevalence of Judeo/Christian repertoire programmed in high school choirs in Mississippi: The data and legal implications in the school music classroom.”
  • Dr. Jonathan Pluskota, Assistant Professor in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, for his research project “Understanding Sound Recording Aesthetics and Production Techniques: A Psychophysiological Approach.”
  • Dr. Timothy J. Tesh, Assistant Professor of Trumpet, for his research project “Adaptation for Trumpet.”
  • Dr. Matthew Ward, Assistant Professor of Sociology, for his research project “Enduring Consequences of Dehumanizing Institutions: How Local Legacies of Slavery Affect Contemporary Policing Practices in the U.S. North and South.”
  • Dr. Fei Xue, Professor from the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, for his research project “Effects of ‘Social Information’ in Facebook News Feed Ads on Brand Engagement.” 


In the News

Southern Quarterly, Fall 2017Visual Art Focus of Fall 2017 Southern Quarterly

Edited by Dr. Philip C. Kolin, Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) at The University of Southern Mississippi, the diverse contributions to the fall 2017 general issue of The Southern Quarterly explore the importance of the visual—in photography, cinema, music, jazz, poetry—as it sheds light on Southern authors, landscapes and texts.  

Jameela LaresLares Named Moorman Distinguished Professor in Humanities

Dr. Jameela Lares, professor of English in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters, has been named the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities for 2017-2019. 

The University of Southern MississippiUSM Names Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship Recipients for 2017-18

Four University of Southern Mississippi faculty members have been chosen as recipients of the Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship for the 2017-18 academic year, with two each from the College of Arts and Letters and College of Education and Psychology.

Jeanne GillespieGillespie Chosen to Participate in Prestigious National Summer Program Hosted by National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Jeanne Gillespie, a professor of Spanish and American Indian Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Art by Jennifer TorresPrestigious Museums Feature Works of Southern Miss Faculty

As Mississippi’s flagship university of the arts, The University of Southern Mississippi prides itself on the richness of culture and art. One only needs to look to its Department of Art and Design, where a number of instructors have had their works on exhibit throughout the country.

Susannah UralSouthern Miss History Professor to Share Findings in Beauvoir Veteran Research

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters will present the 2017 Moorman Lecture featuring 2015-2017 Moorman Professor Dr. Susannah Ural Monday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101. Ural, who teaches history at Southern Miss, will present “The Challenges of War and Memory: Three Case Studies from the American Civil War.”

Ed Jackson in His LabSouthern Miss Anthropologists Uncover Hundreds of Years of History in the Mississippi Delta

Every chiseled rock or oddly-shaped stone could be a potential clue to unearthing a part of the vast pre-European history of Native Americans in Mississippi. Dr. Ed Jackson, anthropology professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, wanted his students to adopt that mindset when they traveled to the Mississippi Delta this past summer to discover more of the state’s untold stories.

Westley FollettHistory Professor 2016 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year

Dr. Westley Follett from the Department of History and the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus has been named the University’s Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC).

Marcus ColemanSouthern Miss Professor Studies Voting Trends and Demographics

The way politics functions in our country is changing rapidly. The Age of Information ushered in a new era of interaction between candidates and their voters, and the science behind targeting these voters and collecting data is evolving. Dr. Marcus Coleman, an assistant professor of communication studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, is monitoring these changes closely.

Joseph WeinbergPolitics Dominating News Cycle, Conversations in Presidential Election Year

In a presidential election year unlike any other, it’s almost impossible to go a day without hearing something about the two major party candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. For the people who are tired of hearing about them and politics in general, Dr. Joseph Weinberg, associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi has bad news for you: politics is not going away anytime soon.