Mississippi College

Dr. Otis W. Pickett


Otis W. Pickett holds a Ph.D. in First-Half U.S. History from The University of Mississippi. He directs the B.S.Ed. program in Secondary Social Studies Education, the M.Ed. Program in Social Studies Education and teaches classes in Southern Religious History, U.S. History, Mississippi History and teaches the only Geography course at MC. His research focuses on nineteenth-century missionaries to enslaved peoples in South Carolina and to the Choctaw and Chickasaw in Mississippi. He is also interested in the history of education, race, incarceration and reconciliation in the U.S. South.  

Pictured to the right is Pickett
with MC Alum and B.S.Ed. distinguished graduate Will Brand. Will won the Mississippi Association of Colleges for Teacher Education "Outstanding Teacher Intern of the Year" Award for 2013-2014. 
Pickett is also the co-founder (with Dr. Patrick Alexander from The University of Mississippi) of the Prison to College Pipeline Program, which seeks to reduce recidivism through offering college level courses to pre-release inmates. 

Follow him on Twitter @OtisWPickett


Ph.D. (History), The University of Mississippi 
M.A. (History), The College of Charleston and The Citadel
M.A.T.S. (Theological Studies), Covenant Theological Seminary 
B.A. (History), Clemson University 

Research Interests

Religion, U.S. South, Education, Race, Prison Studies, and Reconciliation

Classes Taught

U.S. History, 1620-1875 and 1875 to Civil Rights Era. 
Mississippi History 
Southern Religious History 
Social Studies Methods 

Honors and Awards

2014 Commissioner's Distinguished Service Coin - State of Mississippi, Department of Corrections 

2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Year - University of Mississippi, School of Education 

Best Article by a Graduate Student from 2010-2012 in The Proceedings, Journal of the South Carolina Historical Association. 

2010 Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award - University of Mississippi 


"Hope for Racial Healing: Rethinking Christian Missionaries Among the Chickasaw" Oklahoma Humanities Magazine, 2012. 

"'We are Marching to Zion': Zion Church and the Distinctive Work of Presbyterian Slave Missionaries in Charleston, South Carolina, 1849-1874. The Proceedings, 2010.

Class Schedule

Fall 2013

  • Geography - World Regional Geography
    Tuesday, 6-8:45 , Jennings Annex 108

Fall 2014

  • HIS 211 - U.S. History
    T-Th , 12-1:15, Jennings Annex 108
  • His 435 - Social Studies Methods
    Wednesday, 1-4:30, Jennings Annex 108
  • His 403 - Southern Religious History
    M, 6-8:45, Jennings 208