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Associate Professor of History


  • Ph.D. Ohio State University
  • M.A. University of Charleston
  • B.A. College of Charleston

Teaching Specialties

  • United States 
  • African American
  • Women
  • Civil Rights

Research Interests

  • African Americans

  • Women

  • Arkansas

  • Civil Rights

  • Race and Gender


  • Dean's Research Award, Arkansas State University
  • University of South Carolina's Institute for Southern Studies, Short-Term Summer Fellowship
  • Faculty Research Award, Arkansas State University
  • Student Affairs Hero Award, 2007
  • Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, 2008, Strong-Turner Alumni Association


Cherisse joined the History Department faculty in 2003.  She most recently published Crossing the Line: Women's Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014), and is co-editor of Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times (Athens: University of Georgia Press, (forthcoming 2015).  Her current research project is  "Better Living by Their Own Bootstraps": Rural Black Women's Activism in Arkansas, 1913-1965.

Cherisse Jones Branch

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3291
F: (870) 972-2880


Building: HSS
Room: 4038