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Gillis, Dr. Delia C.

660-543-8726Dr. Delia Gillis
Wood Building, Room 136J
Department of History & Anthropology
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093


Chase City, Virginia

BS Business & Management, University of Maryland, 1988
MA History, University of Central Missouri, 1992 
Outstanding History Graduate Student, 1992 
Presidential Fellowship, 1991-1992
PhD History, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1996 
Chancellor's Gus T. Ridgel Fellowship, 1992-1996 
Lorenzo J. Greene Scholar's Award, 1993 
(Association for the Study of African American Life & History) 
Stephens History Fellowship, 1992-1993

National Secretary, Association of Black Women Historians, 1997-1999
Editorial Advisory Board, Gateway Heritage Magazine
Editorial Advisory Board, A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies (Rowman & Littefield) 1995-
Electronic Media Arts Panel (alternate) Missouri Arts Council, 2000-
Missouri Conference on History, Book Awards Committee, 2001
Midwestern Regional Director, Association of Black Women Historians, 2000-2002
Chair, Lorraine Williams Leadership Award, Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH),  2003-2004
President, Missouri Conference on History, 2006
Africana Studies Area Chair, Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations (SWPCA), 2006-2007

20th Century African American History, African American Women & Girls, African American Education, South Africa, African American Film History, African American Biography, African American Public History, Service Learning, 20th Century US History

My specializations reflect my travel experiences and my interest in areas often overlooked in historical studies.

2006  "Black Business Development in Missouri" Encyclopedia of African American Business, edited by Jessie Carney Smith, Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, pages 58-62.

2006 "Agricultural Adjustment Act," Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration edited by Steven A.  Reich, Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, pages 6-8.

2005 "African Americans & World War I" United States at War: Understanding Conflict & Society, edited by Spencer Tucker, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO 2006 Best Software in High School (BESSIE) - Social Studies Website - ComputEd Gazette

2005 Review, American Jazz Museum, The Public Historian, (The National Council on Public History & the University of California Press, Volume 27, No. 4:107-111.

"Colin Powell,  Education & Refugees in Americans at War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront," edited by John Resch, Macmillan, 2004

"Review, In Flanders Field Museum, People Places, Politics, and Social Movements of the Progressive Era, Public History Resources Center" reviewed December 2003 and  mounted January 12, 2004

"Henry Ossawa Tanner: An African American Influence in Greater Kansas City," Kawsmouth: A Journal of Regional History, Spring 2001: 67-73.

"African American Girls in the 20th Century" with Kathleen Thompson, Girlhood: An Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO), June 2001: 26-34.

"Jump at the Sun" Daily Inspirations for People of Color: 2001 Day to Day Calendar (Kansas City, Andrews McMeel) November 2000.

"Missouri" Civil Rights in the United States edited by Waldo Martin and Patricia Sullivan (Macmillan, 1999).

Courses Taught
United States History Before 1877
United States History Since 1877
Missouri History
American Historical Biography
African American Women, Gender & Girlhood
Truman & Civil Rights
Brown v. Board of Education
History of South Africa
Introduction to Africana Studies
Graduate Colloquium
Honors Colloquium on the History of the James Bond Films

Favorite Historical Figure
Winnie & Nelson Mandela. They sacrificed their love, marriage, and family for the freedom struggle in South Africa!

Favorite Web Links
Schomburg Center Home Page