Department of History

Books written by Department History faculty

History(BA) Degree Plan 2017-2018    

History (BA)Licensure in Social Studies degree plan 2017-2018


Meet our Professors

Dr. Douglas BristolDr. Douglas Bristol is an associate professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi.  In 2002, he received his Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Maryland, where he studied under Ira Berlin.  He is a scholar of the African American experience and race relations.  He has been awarded post-doctoral fellowships from the Smithsonian, Duke University, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. He was one of the two faculty members at the University of Southern Mississippi nominated for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend in 2013. His first book, Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom, was reissued in paperback in 2015 by The Johns Hopkins University Press.  In it, Bristol examines the relationship between black barbers and the prosperous white men whose throats they shaved with straight-edged razors, from the colonial period to the Great Migration.  He is co-editor of Integrating the U.S. Military: Race, Gender, and Sexuality, which will be published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in April, 2017.  He is currently working on his next book, The Black Greatest Generation: African American Men and Women in Uniform during World War II.

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. Deanne Stephens NuwerDr. 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.