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Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis
Associate Teaching Professor of History, Undergraduate Advisor
College of Arts and Sciences

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American history, race, media and the New South


Professor Rebecca Davis is a social and political historian of modern American history with particular research and teaching interests in race, media and the New South. She teaches the department’s large surveys of American history; several courses in the General Education core curriculum; and upper-level history courses in African American history, the 1960s and World War II film and propaganda. She is one of the history department’s undergraduate advisors and works with the High School College Partnership (HSCP) program to facilitate dual-credit courses taught in area high schools. As a certified teacher herself, Dr. Davis is the departmental contact for School of Education students interested in a history major/minor as they pursue a career as a social studies teacher.

Dr. Davis earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2011 and came to UMKC in 2012. She was awarded the UMKC Online Course of the Year in 2015, the College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Teaching Award for NTT Faculty in 2016 and was named Faculty Ally of the Year by the campus organization Men of Color in 2016. She is the co-editor of a forthcoming digital project on Kansas City activism and has authored various articles and essays on race, education and politics. Dr. Davis is working on her first book with the University of Georgia Press dealing with Mississippi press coverage of the African American freedom struggle.


ANCH 201, 220, 399, HIST 101, 102, 300WY (also offered for graduate credit), 309 (also offered for graduate credit), 395 (also offered for graduate credit), 398 (also offered for graduate credit), 5585GR

Academic Credentials

B.A., history (minor in secondary education), James Madison University (2001)
M.A., history, James Madison University (2003)
Ph.D., history, University of South Carolina (2011)