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Otis W. Pickett

Associate Professor - History and Political Science

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Dr. Otis W. Pickett is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Political Science and Director of Social Studies Education Programs. Pickett joined MC’s faculty in 2013 and currently teaches U.S. History, Southern Religious History, Geography, Social Studies Methods and the History of Mass Incarceration. Pickett has articles published in The Journal of African American History, the Native South, the Southern Quarterly, the Journal of the South Carolina Historical Association and has contributed book chapters for several books including Southern Religion, Southern Culture: Essays Honoring Charles Reagan Wilson (University Press of Mississippi, 2018).

Dr. Pickett also teaches courses at Parchman Penitentiary and Central Mississippi Correctional Facility through the Prison to College Pipeline Program, which he and Dr. Patrick Alexander (Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi) co-founded in 2013. Through the Prison to College Pipeline Program (, Pickett teaches classes on Southern Women's History, the Civil Rights Movement, and about the lives and legacies of Ida B. Wells and Fannie Lou Hamer in Mississippi History. Pickett, Alexander and the PTCPP teaching team were awarded Educator of the Year from the Mississippi Humanities Council in 2018.


  • B.A., Clemson University
  • M.A., Covenant Theological Seminary
  • M.A., The College of Charleston
  • Ph.D., University of Mississippi