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The Center for the Study of the Gulf South (CSGS) promotes the study of the history of the US South and territories in Central America and the Caribbean through scholarship, funding research and hosting public events. We offer strengths in several critical eras:—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 conferences, in online forums, and on-campus. We’re proud to be the host institution of the Gulf South Historical Foundation.


The Center for the Study of the Gulf South (CSGS) at USM, founded in 1999, promotes the study of the history of the US South, Central America, and the Caribbean through the scholarship of its members as well as by funding research and by sponsoring public events.


Based within the School of Humanities, the Center draws on the strengths of the History Program faculty in several critical eras: the colonial Gulf South, slavery and abolition, the Civil War era, the Great Depression/World War II, and the Civil Rights Movement. The faculty and graduate students of the CSGS publish with top academic presses and journals along with presenting at leading academic conferences.  


Dr. Douglas Bristol and Dr. Rebecca Tuuri


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  • Students can pursue a MA and a Ph.D. degree in American history, with an emphasis on the American South and the Caribbean.
  • Students can pursue a Graduate Certificate in Public History, which include 18 hours of study, including an internship at prominent historical archives, museums, and sites throughout the South.
  • Research funding for CSGS members in the History Program
  • Baird Fellowship awards $1,500 each year to one History graduate student to support his/her research travel
  • CSGS Research Award is a $1,000 grant each year to a faculty member of the School of Humanities, outside of the History Program, to support research about the history of the Gulf South
  • Gulf South Historical Association
    • The Gulf South Historical Association, a consortium of Gulf South colleges and universities including the University of South Alabama, the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, the University of Southern Mississippi, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Tyler Community College, preserves and promotes the history and the cultures of the Gulf South within state, regional, national, and international contexts through a friendly exchange of scholarly research before the interested public.
    • Dr. Deanne Stephens, CSGS member is the Executive Director of the Association
    • Dr. Douglas Bristol, CSGS member is the Vice-President of the Association for 2019-2020
    • Dr. Rebecca Tuuri, CSGS member, is a Board Member of the Association
  • Mississippi Book Festival
  • Mississippi History Day Competition
  • Public lectures by the winners of the Baird Fellowship and the CSGS Research Award
  • Annual public program on the Hattiesburg campus
  • Annual public program on the Gulf South campus
  • Microfilm copy of the Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau
  • New scholarly books on the history of the Gulf South

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Center for the Study of the Gulf South
346 Liberal Arts Building (LAB)
118 College Dr. #5047
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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Elizabeth Hall (EH)
730 East Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, MS 39560

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Home of the regional Gulf South Historical Association


Invites scholars to present historical research to the university community and public


Annually awards the Baird Fellowship, furthering graduate study of the Gulf South