Dr. Jeremy C. Neely



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, History, 2004, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MA, History, 2000, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • BA, History and Political Science, 1998, University of Missouri-Columbia


  • HST 122: History of the United States since 1877
  • HST 121: History of the United States to 1877
  • HST 210: Writing II HST
  • HST 315: Military History of the United States
  • HST 524: Civil War and Reconstruction

Professional experience

Selected publications

Research and professional interests

Dr. Neely’s research focuses upon the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, primarily in the trans-Mississippi West. His book frames the Civil War as the pivotal event within the long arc of the nineteenth-century border West and explores the intersections of war and society, particularly the shadows that guerrilla violence cast upon the postwar era. His chapter on the Quantrill men reunions reflects an ongoing interest in the complex and contested public memories of the Civil War. His Freeman Barrows research is part of his larger interest in the dynamic nature of regionalism and political identity in nineteenth-century America.

Prior to arriving at Missouri State, Dr. Neely lectured at the University of Missouri and at Cottey College. Alongside teaching introductory classes on US history, Dr. Neely teaches upper-level courses at Missouri State University on the history of the American West and Civil War memory. He has also taught courses on the history of Missouri, including “Missouri’s Civil War,” a Massive Open Online Course that Missouri State University Outreach offered to more than 1,000 students around the world in the fall of 2015.

In addition to writing for the New York Times “Disunion” series on the American Civil War, Dr. Neely also contributed pieces about guerrilla warfare to the Kansas City Public Library’s award-winning history project, The Civil War on the Western Border. He has been a featured guest on KCUR’s Central Standard, speaking about Missouri’s Confederate history. He has also served as historical advisor to the award-winning #QR1863 project, a social media re-enactment of William Quantrill’s 1863 raid upon Lawrence, Kansas.

Awards and honors

  • Curtis P. Lawrence Master Teacher Award, Honors College, Missouri State University, 2016
  • Lawrence Christensen Award, “A ‘Pure Son of Missouri’: Freeman Barrows at the Crossroads of the Slaveholding Frontier,” the State Historical Society of Missouri, 2015
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, “Divided in the Middle: A History of the Kansas-Missouri Border, 1854-1896,” University of Missouri’s in 2005
  • Edward Tihen Award, The Border between Them, Kansas State Historical Society, 2009