Department of History

"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."  
Maya Angelou
Knowledge and awareness of history and society are important ingredients of a liberal education. The Department of History offers general courses for all students, a major and a minor in history, and preparation for students who plan to continue study at the graduate level, to teach history, or to enter related fields.

Our web site will introduce you to our faculty and staff, our courses, the requirements for a degree, and other information that can help you decide if you'd like to study history at USA. Please let us know if we can help by contacting us by phone or email.

▼   OPEN FACULTY POSITION: Assistant Professor


The Department of History at the University of South Alabama invites applications for a full- time (9-month), tenure-track assistant professorship in African American History or History of the African Diaspora, beginning August 15, 2022. Chronological period and specialization are open. A PhD in History, African American Studies, or a closely related field is preferred, but advanced ABD candidates will be considered.

The University of South Alabama is a public research institution with over 100 academic programs and a student body of more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university's 1200 acre-campus is located in Mobile, Alabama, a port city with a diverse population, vibrant downtown, and rich cultural history. Roughly a forty-five-minute drive from the Gulf of Mexico and two hours from New Orleans, Mobile and the University of South Alabama offer unique opportunities to explore the American South and Gulf Coast.

The successful candidate will join a department of dynamic scholars and teachers committed to the goal of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to uphold the department's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We especially welcome applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in the professoriate. Responsibilities include an active research agenda as well as teaching survey courses and advanced upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization. History Department affiliations with university programs in African American Studies, Gender Studies, Jewish and Holocaust Studies, and the Honors College, among others, also offer a variety of interdisciplinary teaching opportunities. Additional responsibilities will include student advising and mentoring, curriculum and program development, participation in departmental, college, and university governance structures.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing the candidate's teaching and research interests, a current CV, and a Diversity Statement. The Diversity Statement should reflect on your experience creating an inclusive and equitable learning environment, explain how you will contribute to the Department of History's commitment to diversity, and discuss future visions for expanding that commitment in teaching, service, and community outreach. Letters of recommendation, writing samples, official transcripts, and other materials may be requested later in the search process. Initial materials should be sent electronically to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Timothy J. Lombardo, at

Review of materials will begin on September 13, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.



Latest News

Department Newsletter Spring 2021


October 2021 Dr. Kathy Cooke, Professor of History and Dean of the Honors College, is leading a team of faculty and staff from the McCall Library and Archives and the Archaeology Museum that has secured a $453,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to support and grow the University's involvement in community history across Mobile and our Gulf Coast region. This is the largest Humanities grant ever awarded to the University! Congratulations! See more here:


September 2021 Dr. David Messenger was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post Spain, commenting on the upcoming Spanish TV show Jaguar, a story of Nazi hunters in Spain in the 1960s and comparing it to reality. Messenger wrote on this subject in his 2014 book Hunting Nazis in Franco's Spain (LSU Press), published in Spanish in 2018 as La Caza de Nazis en la Espana de Franco (Alianza Editorial). The link to the article (in Spanish) is here:


December 2020  Dr. Claire Cage is one of 13 USA Office of Community Engagement and Service Learning Program Faculty Fellows.  The inaugural class of faculty fellows will work together to learn and redesign an academic course and/or a research project to help solve real-world issues locally in collaboration with community partners.   


December 2020 Dr. Mara Kozelsky received seed money from a U.S. Department Education Grant for a digital humanities project to build a digital history lab. The lab will allow the History Department to train our students to become leaders in the next era of the information age.


November 2020 A team at the University of South Alabama led by the Honors College, with collaborators from the Office of Community Engagement, African American studies program, department of history, and the Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, received a renewal for its Delta Fellows program from the Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Program at the David Mathews Center for Civic Life. 

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Upcoming Events


December 2, 6:00pm, Marx Library Auditorium:

Scotty Kirkland, Alabama Department of Archives and History, “Open and Hidden: Segregation in Civil Rights in 1950's Mobile”

The Department of History is a sponsor of this talk, in partnership with the Mobile Museum of Art and their exhibit “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in Mobile, 1956." Also sponsoring this event are the USA Office of Community Engagement, the Department of Art and Art History, the African American Studies Program and the Honors College.  Thursday December 2, 6:00pm in the Marx Library Auditorium on campus. 

February 10, 2022, 7:00pm:

Annual Stallworth Lecture, Department of History 

Thavolia Glymph, Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University will deliver the annual Stallworth Lecture on February 10, 2022 at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm. 


Recent Events

Master's in History Online Informational Meeting, October 19 at 5:00pm 

Interested in learning about the Master of Arts in History graduate program at South? Join us for a virtual informational meeting to hear from faculty, alumni and current students. Ask questions about our program, scholarships, campus life and anything else that come to mind.