Deanne Stephens

Professor and Associate Dean of Arts and Letters (Gulf Coast)

Dr. Stephens, a specialist in pedagogical methods and Southern Studies, has presented papers at a variety of academic conferences on topics as diverse as women’s studies, Southern diseases in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast seafood industry.  She has had articles published in The Gulf Coast Historical Review, the Journal of Mississippi History, The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of Arts & Letters in the South, The Mississippi Encyclopedia, Women at War: An Encyclopedia, and The Southeastern Political Review.  Her book, Plague Among the Magnolias: The 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Mississippi was published in 2009 by University of Alabama Press.  She is currently completing a manuscript entitled “The Mississippi Gulf Coast Seafood Industry: A History of People” and researching “Mississippi Boat Builders.” 

In addition, Professor Stephens has chapters in The Uniting States: The Story of Statehood for the Fifty United States; Race and Ethnicity in Maritime America; Nurses on the Frontline, and in Mississippi: A Bicentennial Celebration forthcoming.  She has co-authored a chapter in Resorting to Casinos: How the Mississippi Casino/Resort Industry Was Made and contributed to a chapter in Katrina: The Mississippi Story.

Dr. Stephens is currently the Executive Director of the Gulf South Historical Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Historical Society.


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