I am currently Assistant Professor of History at Fitchburg State University, where I teach modern U.S. history. My research examines the political history of the twentieth century United States.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Boston University. My first book, Dead as Dixie: The Southern States Industrial Council and the End of the New South, 1933-1964, currently under review, focuses on the role of southern industrialists in modernizing southern conservatism so that the region could play an influential role in shaping the New Right in the 1950s and 1960s. A chapter from the original dissertation appears in Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican (New Perspectives on the History of the South)(2011), Glenn Feldman, ed. I have published reviews in the Journal of Southern History, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, The Southern Historian, and American Studies Journal and presented papers at the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Policy History Conference, Social Science History Association Annual Conference, Southern Industrialization Project (now OSSECS) Annual Conference, Southern Historians in New England Annual Meeting, the College Board of New England, and the American Political History Institute‘s Seminar Series. I serve as editor for H-Southern Industry at H-Net.org.
I am currently researching a project on college radio, tentatively titled Live from the Underground: The Rise and Fall of College Radio and the Politics of Selling Out.
Contact me by email at kjewell1 @ fitchburgstate . edu.
In a twist of fate, part of this website became devoted to recounting my story from the 2013 Boston Marathon. These posts disrupted my attempted regular pattern of posting in the spring and summer of 2013 as I processed these events. Read the posts here, and here.