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Associate Professor of History

Department Chair


  • 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

Courses Taught

US to and since 1876, Global Diversity, US Foreign Relations, US Constitutional, Policing and Surveillance, Women in World, Global 20th Century, War & Society, Practice of History, Senior Seminar, Women and Gender, History of Marriage and the Surveillance State, History of Food, and other special topics courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels

Research Interests

20th century US military empire and international relations, Cold War, military justice, gender discrimination and sexual violence, policing of the intimate


Kellie Wilson Buford is an Associate Professor of History and is chair for the Department of History.

She directed the BSE Social Science program for 7 years and served as interim chair of the Criminology, Sociology, and Geography department for 2 years.  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, 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 Managing Sex in the U.S. Military

Her first book, Policing Sex and Marriage in the American Military: The Court-Martial and the Construction of Gender and Sexual Deviance, 1950-2000, was published in 2018.  Her current book project, Collateral Damage: Sexual Violence and American Military Justice, 1950-2000, 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 Wilson-Buford

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2696


Building: HSS
Room: 4007C

Office Hours

By appointment only (please email)