Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Dr. Gary Edwards

Associate Professor of 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 A-State, 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

F: (870) 972-2880


Building: HSS
Room: 4046

Office Hours

Thursday: 3:00-4:00PM, and by appointment