Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Graduate School Dean

Professor of History


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

Teaching Specialties

  • United States 
  • African American
  • Women
  • Civil Rights
  • Rural History

Courses Taught

African American History (to and since 1877); U.S. Civil Rights Movement; United States Women's History; U.S. Southern Women’s History 

Research Interests

  • African American
  • Women
  • Arkansas
  • Race and Gender
  • Civil Rights
  • Rural History


  • James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History
  • 2017-18 University Educator of the Year Award, Arkansas Council for the Social Studies
  • 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
  • Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, 2008, Strong-Turner Alumni Association
  • Student Affairs Hero Award, 2007


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, (2018).  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) 972-3029
F: (870) 972-2880


Building: Dean B. Ellis Library
Room: 605

Office Hours

Spring 2018: T 2:00p-4:00p and by appointment