Katherine Rye Jewell

E-Mail: kjewell1@fitchburgstate.edu

Katherine Rye Jewell, PhD, is the author of the forthcoming book Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Southern Conservatism (Cambridge University Press), which considers how southern industry responded to the decline of a regional wage structure and the rise of globalization. She received her PhD from Boston University and her BA from Vanderbilt University. A political and cultural historian interested in the intersection of identity and politics, she is currently researching her next book, Live from the Underground: The Rise and Fall of College Radio and the Politics of Selling Out


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