Jeremy Maxwell

DPAA POW/MIA Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Jeremy Maxwell is the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Postdoctoral Fellow of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi.  The POW/MIA Postdoctoral 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.  For more information of Dr. Maxwell's duties at Southern Miss, CLICK HERE.

Dr. Jeremy Maxwell researches 20th century U.S. military history, social and political history, and the history of race and ethnicity.  Dr. Maxwell received his PhD in history from Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland in 2016.  He also holds a Masters in history from Ball State University in Indiana and a bachelor’s degree in history from Loyola Marymount University in California.  Before coming to Southern Miss, Dr. Maxwell taught at several different institutions across the country and worked extensively in the aerospace industry. 

Dr. Maxwell’s first book, Brotherhood in Combat: How African Americans Found Equality in Korea and Vietnam, is set to be published in the Campaign and Commanders Series with Oklahoma University Press in spring 2018.  The book examines the African American struggle for equality within the military during the period of integration through the war in Vietnam, arguing that while racial tension during this period was present in non-combat units, for the most part, the tension was nonexistent in front line fighting units.  It also highlights the change in civil-military relations during this period with respect to the ideas of citizenship and service.  Using a wealth of oral histories of black and white soldiers and marines who were involved in the wars in Korea and Vietnam, Brotherhood in Combat highlights initially, how African Americans proved their worth to their white brethren on the battlefield, and changed the prevailing attitudes of ranking officials who were in a position to effect change in policy.  It also illustrates the schism that developed between blacks who had entered the service prior to Vietnam and those who were drafted in Vietnam, who brought revolutionary ideas from the Continental United States to the war zone.  More importantly, it demonstrates how even at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, black and white soldiers in combat found a sense of brotherhood in the jungles of Vietnam.

Dr. Maxwell has presented his work at a number of professional conferences. His article “Pragmatic Leadership: The Move Toward Progressive Action on Integration in Korea,” was published in the Summer 2017 issue of the U.S. Military History Review.  He has also written numerous reference articles on topics pertaining to American cultural life and civil rights issues. He is currently working on a collaborative project dealing with the influence of George C. Marshall on major issues between 1945-1955. 

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