department of history


Rebecca Miller Davis

Assistant Teaching Professor
20th Century America, Civil Rights, African American History, New South

210 Cockefair Hall
Phone: 816-235-1339

Curriculum Vitae


2011 Ph.D., University of South Carolina

2003 M.A., James Madison University

2001 B.A., James Madison University

Bio Sketch

Rebecca Miller Davis is a historian of the 20th century, focusing mainly on race and media in the Jim Crow South, and has a PhD from the University of South Carolina. Her teaching interests include modern America, African American history, media and propaganda, the New South, and the history of education. She taught at various colleges and universities in South Carolina, Mississippi, and Kansas before coming to UMKC. Dr. Davis is working on her first book on the Mississippi civil rights movement and the media.

Courses Taught

> ANCH 201  Race in American Film

> ANCH 399  Public Urban Education (Honors

> HIST 101  American History to 1877

> HIST 102  American History since 1877 (online and face-to-face)

> HIST 300WY  Decade of Dissent: The 1960s (also offered for graduate credit)

> HIST 309  World War II Film and Propoganda (also offered for graduate credit)

> HIST 395  African American History since 1877 (also offered for graduate credit)

> HIST 398  Black Civil Rights in the 20th and 21st Centuries (also offered for graduate credit)


“Dixiecrats, Dissenting Delegates, and the Dying Democratic Party: Mississippi's Right Turn from Roosevelt to Johnson,” Nation Within a Nation : The South and the Federal Government, Glenn Feldman, ed. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014.

"Tom Ethridge,” Mississippi Encyclopedia Ted Ownby and Charles Reagan Wilson, eds., Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming.

"The Three R's—Reading, Writing and Race: The Evolution of Race in Mississippi History Textbooks, 1900-1995,” Journal of Mississippi History Vol. LXXII No. 1 (Spring 2010): 1-45.

"Raised for Activism: Henrie Monteith and the Desegregation of the University of South Carolina,” South Carolina Historical Magazine 109:2 (April 2008): 121-47.