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Melissa Janczewski Jones holds an M.S.S. in History and Political Science from Mississippi College. She is a Visiting Instructor in the Department of History and Political Science at MC and currently teaches classes in United States History and Western Civilization. Prior to being employed full-time as at MC, she taught as an adjunct instructor and worked as a teaching assistant in the department for many years. Her research focuses on the Civil War and Reconstruction. From 2012-2013, Missy worked as an Interpretive Ranger at Vicksburg National Military Park during the park's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Seige of Vicksburg. Her creation of an interpretational talk and tour of the Vicksburg Riot of 1874 (the bloodiest race riot in state history) led to the Vicksburg National Military Park's First Commemoration of the Vicksburg Riot after 140 years.
In addition to teaching, Missy also serves as the editor of Mississippi History NOW, an online publication of the Mississippi Historical Society. Created in 1990, Mississippi History NOW publishes scholary articles on subjects of Mississippi history by historians and other experts in the field. Each article is accompanied by a lesson plan to aid the state's social studies teachers in teaching Mississippi history. Missy also serves as a member of the Civil Rights Education Committee of the William Winter Institute of Racial Reconciliation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Historical Society, and a faculty sponsor of the Mississippi College History Club. She was also a member of the City of Clinton's Planning Committee for the 140th Commemoration of the Clinton Riot of 1875, which was held on September 5, 2015 and included such dignitaries as former Governor William Winter, former Representative Robert Clark, the Honorable Justice Graves, and Dr. Susan Glisson, Director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.
Missy is a native of Lucedale, Mississippi, but she met the love of her life during her freshman year at MC, Paul Griffin Jones, III ("Trey"). The couple have been married for twenty-four years, and they have two amazing children, Evan Griffin Jones (age 18) and Erin Gabrielle Jones (age 16). Missy was recently accepted as a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi where she hopes to continue her education within the coming year.
M.S.S. in History and Political Science from Mississippi College
(completed 48 hours of graduate level coursework)
B.S. in History and Paralegal Studies from Mississippi College
Honors and Awards
2016 Department of History and Political Science Distinquished Alumna of the Year
2014 Best Graduate Paper Award by the Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference
2013 Best Graduate Paper Award by the Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference
2013 Recepient of the Book Award in Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction at MC Law
2012 Recepient of the Book Award in Legal History of the United States at MC Law
1992 Outstanding Senior in Paralegal Studies Award by the Department of History and Political Science at MC
"The Clinton Massacre of 1875," published by Mississippi History NOW, an online publication of the Mississippi Historical Society (September 2015)
Publications pending for African American National Biography, a online publication sponsored by Harvard's Hutchins Center for African American Research and published by Oxford University Press
Civil Rights Literacy and the Past, Present, and Future of the Common Good Conference by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation (April 2016)
33rd Annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference (GSHHC), Natchez (October 2015)
17th Annual Brian Bertoti History Graduate Conference, Virginia Tech University (Spring 2014)
Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, Jackson State University (Spring 2014) - Received award for Best Graduate Paper
First Annual Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South Conference, University of Mississippi (Spring 2014)
Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, Mississippi College (Spring 2013) - Received award for Best Graduate Paper
15th Annual Mississippi College Graduate Symposium, Mississippi College (Spring 2013)
Other Leadership Activities
2015-present Member of Mississippi Civil Rights Education Commission of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
2014-present Member of the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Historical Society
2014-present Member of City of Clinton’s Committee for 140th Commemoration of the Clinton Riot
2013-present Faculty Sponsor of the Mississippi College History Club
2014-present Member of the Mississippi Council for the Social Studies
2010-present Member of the Mississippi Historical Society
2011-present Vice President, Clinton Arrow Swim Team
2008-2013 Member of the City of Clinton’s Quisenberry Public Library Advisory Board
2008 Chairman of the Deacons, Northside Baptist Church
2002-2004 Member of the Board of the Clinton Community Nature Center
1991-present Member of Pi Alpha Theta (history)
1991-present Member of Phi Alpha Delta (law)
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