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A-State Remains Closed Through Fri. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6 due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be closed on Thursday and will evaluate campus conditions on Friday morning.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • Wednesday's performance of "12 Angry Men" has been cancelled. Contact the Box Office for refund information.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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University Communications
(870) 972-3820

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(870) 972-2093

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Associate Professor of History

Director, Graduate History


  • Ph.D. History, University of Memphis, 2004
  • M.A. History, Abilene Christian University, 1996
  • B.A. History, Abilene Christian University, 1993

Professional Credentials

  • Fulbright Senior Fellowship in American History
  • Guest Professor, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Berlin
  • Jesse Wills Memorial Fellow, Tennessee Historical Society
  • Rural History Seminar Fellow, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois
  • Humanities Scholar, Making Sense of the American Civil War, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Foundations, Johns Hopkins University

Teaching Specialties

  • Agricultural/Rural
  • Arkansas
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Early American Republic
  • U.S. South

Research Interests

  • Antebellum America
  • American Civil War
  • Civil War Memory
  • Slavery and Secession
  • Yeomen Farmers of the Old South

Links of Interests


A native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Dr. Edwards has enjoyed diverse life experiences which have enhanced his passion for education and scholarship. As a student he completed summer apprenticeships in Cokedale, Colorado and Eldoret, Kenya. He has served as a docent at the Mississippi River Museum and as Associate Editor of The Southern Historian (University of Alabama).

In private life he has volunteered his time in The Apache Nation, Mexico, and Zambia. During a brief respite from academia, he spent time working in the "real world" in Chicago where he married his wife, Michelle. In addition to ASU, Edwards has served as a member of the faculty at both the University of Memphis and the Free University of Berlin.

Gary Edwards

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2313
F: (870) 972-2880


Building: Wilson Hall
Room: 109D