Dr. Thomas J. Ward

Dr. Thomas  J. Ward

Dr. Thomas J. Ward

Department Chair
Quinlan Hall 312
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Ph.D, American History, University of Southern Mississippi, 1999
M.A., American History, Clemson University, 1993
B.A., History and Political Science, Hampden-Sydney College, 1991

Dr. Ward teaches a variety of courses in U.S. History, African-American History, and Western Civilization. He is the author of Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty and Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South and has written a number of articles on African Americans and health care history. He is currently working on a history of African-American prisoners of war.



Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty. Oxford University Press, 2016. Foreword by H. Jack Geiger.

Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South. The University of Arkansas Press, 2010.


“Detachment Number One: Black POWs at Camp #5, North Korea,” Journal of Military History (under review).

“The Plight of the Black P.O.W.” New York Times Disunion series, August 27, 2013. 

“Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.” Spring Hill College Magazine (Summer 2013).

“Enemy Combatants: Black Soldiers in Confederate Prisons,” Army History (Winter 2010).

“Medical Missionaries of the Delta: Dr. Dorothy Ferebee and the Mississippi Health Project, 1935-1941,” Journal of Mississippi History 63 (Fall 2001) 3: 189-203.

“Class Conflict in Black New Orleans: Rivers Frederick, Ernest Wright and the Insurance Strike of 1940,” Gulf South Historical Review 15 (Fall 1999): 35-48.

“African American Physicians in Jim Crow New Orleans,” Proceedings of the 1998 National Association of African American Studies (Morehead, Kentucky: 1999).

“The Campaign Against Pellagra in Upstate South Carolina,” The Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association (Columbia, South Carolina: 1994): 15-24.

 Book Reviews

Review of Gretchen Long, Doctoring Freedom: The Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation (University of North Carolina Press, 2012), for the Journal of Mississippi History (forthcoming).

Review of Alondra Nelson, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), for the Journal of Medicine and Allied Sciences (July 2013).

Review of William W. McLendon, Floyd W. Denny, Jr., and William B. Blythe, Bettering the Health of the People: W. Reese Berryhill, the UNC School of Medicine, and the North Carolina Good Health Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2007), for the Journal of Southern History (February 2010).

Review of Harriet A. Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, (Doubleday, 2006), for the National Catholic Reporter (Aug. 17, 2007).

Review of William Wells Brown, The Negro in the American Rebellion: His Heroism and His Fidelity (1867; new edition, Ohio University Press, 2003), for H-Civil War (June, 2005). 

Review of Steven M. Stowe, Doctoring the South: Southern Physicians and Everyday Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century South (University of North Carolina Press, 2003), for The Georgia Historical Quarterly vol. 89, Summer 2005.

Spring Hill Courses

The Making of Modern America
U.S.: World Wars and Great Depression
U.S. Since 1945
The South
African American History
Women in American History
Vietnam War
Honors History
U.S. Since 1876
Western Civilization


Office: 312 Quinlan Hall
Phone: 251.380.3060