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Postdoctoral Researcher in History DPAA
University of Southern Mississippi in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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Date Posted 09/07/2020
Postdoctoral-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The successful candidate will serve as a researcher and local-resource coordinator between the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) of the Department of Defense, the Dale Center, 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. The fellow will work in the Dale Center and have access to university resources and services. Some travel for training and research will be required.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities


1. Utilize the scholarly resources of the University of Southern Mississippi as well as external entities to conduct research and analysis to support DPAA’s ongoing mission to account for missing military personnel.
2. Respond to requests from DPAA for research into specific matters relating to missing personnel, identify new sources of historical material, conduct oral history interviews, and make occasional visits to field sites, archives, and historical collections as determined by the DPAA.


3. Provide regular written research reports to the DPAA, write brief historical narratives, and offer occasional oral presentations.


4. Participate in the regular activities of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society, including public talks that capture the significance of the fellow’s research to the larger civilian and military communities.
5. Candidate may be asked to teach no more than one course per year in the History program as necessary.
6. Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in History or related field in hand by the start date.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Archival research experience and strong written and oral communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in American History with an emphasis on modern military history; archival and field research experience; oral history experience; experience with public outreach; and/or experience with Department of Defense procedures.


About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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