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Associate Professor of History


  • Ph.D. History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014
  • M.A. History, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2006
  • B.A. History & Social Studies Education, North Carolina State University, 2004

Teaching Specialties

Secondary social studies education
Militarization, war and society
Twentieth century U.S. and world
Comparative women and gender history
U.S. foreign relations
Legal history


Kellie Wilson Buford is an Associate Professor of History and served as the BSE Social Science Director at Arkansas State University for 7 years before becoming Interim Chair of CSG in 2021. Before she entered academia, she taught high school history and English as a second language. Her background as a military brat and a military spouse took her all over the world and planted the seeds for her research interests. Dr. Buford has won the College of Liberal Arts and Communications Faculty Research Award and, most recently, the University Faculty Achievement Award in Advising.  Her publications have been featured in various journals and edited volumes including the Journal of Homosexuality, Military History of the West, The Rise, and Fall of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the forthcoming Managing Sex in the U.S. Military.

After publishing her first book, Policing Sex and Marriage in the American Military: The Court-Martial and the Construction of Gender and Sexual Deviance, 1950-2000, in 2018, Dr. Buford started working on her current book project under advanced contract with the University of Nebraska Press.  Tentatively titled Sexual Violence and American Military Justice from the Korean War to the Present, the book maps the United States military justice system’s historic policies and practices to manage crimes of sexual violence in order to contextualize current policy debates and offer effective solutions. Kellie teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the twentieth-century world, comparative women, gender, and sexuality, war, militarization and empire, US foreign relations, U.S. constitutional history, the history of food, the history of global diversity, and the history of policing, marriage, and the rise of the surveillance state.  Kellie is a full-time mother of two amazing kiddos and five rescue pets.  In her free time, she loves to garden, exercise, do DIY projects, and read whatever she can get her hands on.  Kellie is excited to work with the amazing faculty, staff, and students in the CSG department.