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Dr. Jessica A. Cannon

Associate Professor of History





Office: Wood Hall 136H

Office Phone: (660) 543-4595





My current work is on the social and cultural history of nineteenth-century America and focuses on the border South states--in particular Maryland--and the formation of individual and community identities amid the rapid technological, economic, and social changes of the Antebellum era. I am also researching the Lafayette Escadrille in the First World War. I serve as the series organizer for the Great War History Lecture Series at UCM ( and I am an active volunteer at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.  More information about my current work and professional activities can be found on my website:




Ph.D. in American History, Rice University

M.A. in History, Rice University

Bachelor of Arts in History, Wake Forest University


Professional Experience

- Associate Professor of History, University of Central Missouri, 2015-Present

- Assistant Professor of History, University of Central Missouri, 2010-2015

- Lecturer in History, Rice University, 2007; 2009-2010

- Oral History Project Intern, NASA Johnson Space Center (Cooperative Education Program), 2007-2008

- Graduate Editorial Assistant, Journal of Southern History, 2004-2005

- Archives Student Assistant, North Carolina Baptist and Wake Forest University Archives, 2000-2002

- Editorial Assistant, Civil Rights and Oral Histories Project, Catoctin Center for Regional Studies, Frederick, MD, 1998-2000



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Civil War and Reconstruction; Nineteenth-century America; U.S. South; U.S. military history


Research Interests

Border state identity in the Antebellum and Civil War eras; Antebellum industrialization; Lafayette Escadrille and American involvement in World War I; Instructional Design and Educational Technologies


Courses Taught

HIST 1350: U.S. History to 1877*

HIST 1351: U.S. History since 1877*

HIST 4314: Jacksonian America

HIST 4315: Civil War and Reconstruction

HIST 4316: American Military Experience*

HIST 4328: History of Flight*

HIST 4351: Special Topics in American History: The World Wars

HIST 4351: Special Topics in American History: The Spanish American War and American Imperialism

HIST 5350: Graduate Colloquium: The Civil War Era

SOSC 3010: Writings in the Social Sciences (seminar with themes including: Topics in Southern History, The American Landscape, World War I)

HONR 3000: History of Flight (honors seminar)

HONR 3000: War and Society (honors seminar)


* designates courses taught in online and hybrid formats in addition to face-to-face sections.


Thesis Directed

"Slavery Continued: Peonage in Missouri," Master's Thesis by Jonathan Klusmeyer completed in 2013.


Selected Publications

"Owls in Space: Rice University's Connections to the Johnson Space Center," Houston History magazine, v. 6 (Fall 2008), pp. 30-33.

"Thoreau and His American Hero: In Support of John Brown's 'Raid,'" in Powell and Thompson, eds., Mid-Maryland: A Crossroads of History, vol. I (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2005).


Book Reviews

Numerous book reviews have appeared in the Journal of American History, Journal of Southern History, Missouri Historical Review, and Maryland Historical Magazine.


Selected Presentations

-"Our Boys in French Blue: Missouri Flyboys in the Lafayette Escadrille," part of the Great War History Lecture Series at UCM, April 2015.

-"Capitalizing on the War: Baltimore's Economic Boom, Maryland's Wartime Bust," Society for Civil War Historians (SCWH) Meeting, June 2014.

-"Prince Among Slaves: Muslim Slaves in the American South," part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 'Bridging Cultures, Muslim Journeys' program at UCM, November 2013.

-"The Abolitionists," part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 'Created Equal' series at UCM, September 2013.

-"Antietam at 150: Memory and Meanings through Time," keynote address at the 30th Anniversary Honors Student Association Celebration, Frederick Community College, Frederick, Maryland, September 2012.

-"Maryland's Journey North: Changing Identities in a Border States," Society for Civil War Historians (SCWH) Meeting, June 2012.

-"Those Industrious Dens of Iniquity: The Border State Identity Crisis," Honors College Faculty Fellows Lecture Series, University of Central Missouri, March 2012.

-"Dissent on the Maryland Homefront," Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting, March 2009.


Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

-Nominee, Excellence in Teaching Award, College of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, 2015.

-College of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Scholarly Research Award, 2012.

-National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend nominee (one of two competitively selected from UCM), 2012.

-Honors College Faculty Fellow (one of two faculty competively selected from across the UCM campus), 2011-2012.

-Historical Society of the Episcopal Church Research Grant, 2008.

-General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgeway Research Grant, U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle, Pa., 2006.

-Lord Baltimore Fellowship, Maryland Historical Society, 2006.