Dr. James M. BeebyDr. James Beeby

Associate Professor
Department Chair

E-mail: james.beeby@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 898-2642
Office Location and Mailing Address: Peck Hall, Room 223C
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

FIELDS: Modern U.S. South, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, U.S. Political Culture

BIOGRAPHY: I am an historian of the U.S. South since 1865, with interests in southern politics, race relations and the intersection of race class, and the era of Jim Crow. My research focuses on the Populist Movement of the Gilded Age, with a special interest in grassroots political culture, African Americans and politics, and the rise of legalized segregation and disfranchisement. Recently, I have shifted my research to a study of the 1937 Ohio River Valley flood in Louisville, Kentucky. Utilizing the central themes of race, class, and gender with politics in the South, this project will illuminate the ways in which local communities responded to a catastrophic event and how race, gender, and class impacted the recovery and rehabilitation efforts during the New Deal.


  • History 2020, Survey of U.S. History II
  • History 3010, The Historian's Craft


Beeby, James. Populism in the South Revisited: New Interpretations and New Departures. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012.

Beeby, James. Revolt of the Tar Heels: The North Carolina Populist Movement, 1890-1901. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. (Paperback edition forthcoming, 2012).


Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (F.R.Hist.S.) of Great Britain.

Distinguished Research and Creativity Award, Indiana University, 2009.


Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1999

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