Katherine Rye Jewell

E-Mail: kjewell1@fitchburgstate.edu

Dr. Katherine Jewell is the author of the forthcoming article, “Gun Cotton: Southern Industry, International Trade, and the Rise of the Republican Party in the 1950s” in Painting the South Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican, ed. Glenn Feldman, University of Florida Press. Her dissertation focused on the political activism of southern industrialists in the New Deal and postwar eras, and her research examines issues of international relations, globalization, and the South. She is currently assistant professor of history at Fitchburg State University.


Ph.D. 2010
Boston University. Department of History.
Dissertation: “As Dead as Dixie: the Southern States Industrial Council and the End of the New South, 1933-1954.”

M.A. 2005
Boston University. Department of History.

B.A. 2001
Vanderbilt University..
Major in History, Major in Anthropology, Honors in Anthropology.

Current Position

Assistant Professor of History, Fitchburg State University, September 2010-


  • Book chapter, “‘Gun Cotton’: the Southern States Industrial Council, International Trade, and the Rise of the Republican Party in the South” in Glenn Feldman, ed., How, When and Why The South Became Republican, University of Alabama Press.
Forthcoming (TBD)
  • Review, “A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: The Life of Louis Houck. By Joel P. Rhodes.“ The Southern Historian, University of Alabama.
May 2009
  • Essay with collected documents, “Railroads and Industrialization” in Major Conflicts in American History: A Documentary Encyclopedia. Edward J. Blum, Anthony J. Connors, Brian L. Johnson, Kent McConnell, C. Bríd Nichols, Kimberly K. Porter, Zoe Trodd, Editors. New York: Facts on File.


  • U.S. History: 20th century
  • U.S. Political History: postwar conservatism, Southern politics, politics of globalization and international trade
  • U.S. Economic History: industrialization, deindustrialization, political economy, globalization
  • U.S. South: Atlantic World/colonial, antebellum, Civil War, Reconstruction, New South, 20th century