Dale Center for the Study of War and Society
Dale Center for the Study of War and Society
The Dale Center is host to one of only seven DPAA POW/MIA Postdoctoral Fellowships in the country. The DPAA Fellow serves as a researcher and local-resource research coordinator between the DPAA, the University of Southern Mississippi, and other individuals and organizations involved in the study of military history, to develop historical and archival research concerning the more than 80,000 Americans still missing from military conflicts dating back to the 1940s, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars, and other recent conflicts. For more information on the DPAA Fellowship program at Southern Miss, click here.
The Dale Center has been selected to send one of its advanced PhD students to the U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH) as a full-time researcher on U.S. Army History. The mission of the CMH is to accurately collect, preserve, interpret, and express the Army's history and material culture to more broadly educate and develop service personnel, the military profession, and the nation. The Histories Directorate researches, writes, and publishes historical books and monographs. The Field Programs Directorate is responsible for the Army’s lineage and honors program, oversight of field history throughout the Army, and historical services in support of Headquarters Department of the Army. The Museums Division oversees the Army field museums and its national collections. The Institute of Heraldry provides heraldic support to all elements of the Federal government. The Dale Center graduate research assistant will be assigned to one of these four directorates, but primarily Histories and Field Programs.
The Dale Center partners with the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County for various events throughout the year, especially the annual War & Society Roundtable. Center faculty occasionally offer special lectures at the Library; in the past these lectures have centered around special exhibits the Library presents to the public, such as the American Library Associations traveling exhibits on Benjamin Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette.
The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum (MAFM) is located at Camp Shelby, approximately 12 miles south of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Dale Center has a long history of partnering with the MAFM on lectures, presentations, and field experiences. Several Dale Center students have fulfilled internships at the Museum through the History Department’s Graduate Certificate in Public History program.
The faculty of the Dale Center have a strong relationship with the Society for Military History, the premier international scholarly organization in the field. Dale Center faculty and graduate students regularly attend the SMH’s annual conference, which annually hosts hundreds of professors, graduate students, and prospective graduate students from around the world. Several Dale Center faculty members serve or have served on one of the governing boards of the Society. The Dale Center at Southern Miss was pleased to be the chief host of the SMH’s annual meeting in 2013, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information on the meeting, click here.
The Dale Center at Southern Miss has an excellent relationship with the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NWWII Museum partnered with the Dale Center to host the Society for Military History’s annual meeting in New Orleans in 2013. In addition, several Dale Center graduate students have served internships in the curatorial offices of the NWWII Museum, while a few of our students have gone on to work for the museum after graduation.
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is is the United States Army's preeminent museum and research complex, dedicated to educating and preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served their nation as soldiers. Several Dale Center faculty fellows have given talks in the USAHEC's prestigious lecture series Perspectives in Military History and Dale Center faculty and students have made extensive use of the USAHEC's excellent research facilities.
Over the years, several Southern Miss military historians participated in a faculty exchange with the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, one of the leading centers for the study of War and Society in Europe and the West Point of the United Kingdom. This exchange allows Southern Miss students in Hattiesburg to gain a varied learning experience from leading figures in European Military History. Past participants have included Gary Sheffield, Paul Harris, Stephen Badsey, and Sean McKnight. The areas of specialization of exchange participants are quite varied, ranging from World War I, to Soviet Operational Art, to War and the Media.
Located at the historic University of Birmingham, the Centre for War Studies is fast becoming one of the global leaders in the study of War and Society. Boasting graduate programs in War Studies, First World War Studies, and Air Power Studies, the Centre for War Studies has linked with the Dale Center at Southern Miss and is looking forward to future student and faculty exchanges and research opportunities. Professors from the two institutions already routinely work together on the summer British Studies Program and have produced several joint publications.
University of Exeter (UK)
Housed at the University of Exeter in Cornwall, the Center for the Study of War, State, and Society studies conflict as an agent of social, political, and cultural change. At present the University of Exeter is working with the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at Southern Miss to provide student exchange opportunities and summer programming in Exeter for Southern Miss students.