Dale Center Graduate Fellowships

The Dale Center Graduate Fellowship is a twelve-month assistantship issued to a graduate student in the history department. Beyond planning for regular events, this graduate assistant will also be responsible for a myriad of other tasks throughout the year, including managing the Dale Center's digital presence and creating marketing materials.


Fellowship Recipients:


Lindsey R. Peterson2017–2018: Lindsey R. Peterson (Phd, U.S. History) MA, History, 2015 University of South Dakota; BA, History and Political Science, 2013 Buena Vista University. A native of Alta, Iowa, Lindsey is a third-year PhD student at the University of Southern Mississippi working under the supervision of Dr. Susannah J. Ural. Her dissertation examines how Unionists in the trans-Mississippi West commemorated the American Civil War. Analysing the Grand Army of the Republic, Woman’s Relief Corps, Daughters of Union Veterans, and Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Lindsey’s research analyzes how gendered and regional Civil War memory developed in areas that served as frontiers during the war rather than battle fronts. Lindsey is the recipient of the Dale Center Graduate Fellowship 2017–2018, Lamar Powell History Graduate Fellowship 2017–2018, USM Phi Alpha Theta Award 2017, Kathanne W. Greene Graduate Paper Award 2017, Margaret Boone Dale Fellowship 2015, and Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant Award 2015 from The Society for Military History. Her article, “’Iowa Excelled Them All’: Iowa Local Ladies’ Aid Societies Relief on the Civil War Frontier, 1861–1865” appeared in the September 2016 issue of The Middle West Review.


Tracy L. Barnett2016–2017: Tracy L. Barnett MA, U.S. History, 2015 University of Southern Mississippi; BA, History, 2014 Millersville University of Pennsylvania. While at Southern, Tracy studied under Dr. Susannah J. Ural. Her thesis, “Maligned “Milish:” Mississippi Militiamen in the Civil War” argues that Mississippi militiamen developed a unique conception of military service based on their pre-war position within southern society.  The Mississippi government, which oversaw the state’s militia defense system, proved unable to reconcile official policy with men’s localized perception of service.  Instead, the Mississippi government created a centrally organized military system that undermined the militia’s efficiency. She is the recipient of the Dale Center Graduate Fellowship 2016-2017, Lamar Powell History Graduate Scholarship 2015-2016, Colonel W. Wayde Benson Fellowship 2015-2016, Phi Alpha Theta’s Thomas S. Morgan Memorial Scholarship 2015-2016. She is currently a first-year PhD student at the University of Georgia studying under Dr. Stephen Berry.