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Jason Morgan WardProfessor and Director of Graduate Studies

Jason Morgan Ward is professor of history at Emory University, where he teaches modern United States history. A native of northeastern North Carolina, he received his bachelor's degree from Duke University and his Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Oxford University Press released his most recent book, Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century, in May 2016. The book has received awards from the Mississippi Historical Society and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Ward completed a residential fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania's Wolf Humanities Center. His first book, Defending White Democracy: The Making of a Segregationist Movement and the Remaking of Racial Politicswas published in 2011 by the University of North Carolina Press. He has published articles in the Journal of Southern History, Journal of Civil and HumanRights, and Agricultural History, and he has contributed essays to scholarly anthologies published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Louisiana State University Press, and the University Press of Florida. Professor Ward has offered commentary on racial politics, racial violence, and civil rights for CNN,Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The American Historian.


  • A.B., Duke University, 2001.
  • M.A., Yale University, 2006.
  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2008.


  • African American History
  • History of the American South
  • History of the United States Since Reconstruction
  • Violence and Extremism
  • Historical Memory

Current Graduate Students