Kevin Greene

Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage

Kevin Greene earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011 and arrived at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. Dr. Greene holds a joint appointment in the Departments of History and Interdisciplinary Studies.  He has taught courses in American history, African American history, World history, Research Methodology, and Musical history at various colleges and universities including the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, East Carolina University, and Wake Technical Junior College. He specializes in U.S., African American, Vernacular Music, and Transnational history. His research investigates the intersections of African American community and identity development with consumer and music culture from both a national and transnational perspective, while focusing closely on the importance of blues and jazz in those formations.  

Dr. Greene’s first book, "Just a Dream:" The Invention and Reinvention of Big Bill Broonzy, a cultural examination of the life of William “Big Bill” Broonzy, is currently under contract at the University of North Carolina Press.  His work contributes to current historiography that places the importance of Chicago’s black metropolis in the development of African American identity, celebrity, race consciousness, the black aesthetic, and blues culture from 1900 to 1960.  Further, it recreates the important historical factors that equally challenged and sustained the careers of twentieth-century African American artists like Broonzy as they navigated race, class, sexuality, violence, urbanization, migration, and industrialization.  Currently, he is working on two ongoing projects.  The first project investigates the importance of the commercial marketplace in the sustainment of the Blues within the Mississippi Delta.  The second is an investigation into unsolved Civil Rights-era cold case murders, including several from the Pine Belt region of Mississippi. At USM he teaches courses in American History, African American History, Civil Rights History, World History, and Research Methods.

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