Jarod Roll: 2006 Best Ph.D. Dissertation Prize in labor history

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Missouri Southern State University graduate Dr. Jarod Roll, pictured, originally from Mt. Vernon, MO, has won the 2006 Best Ph.D. Dissertation Prize from the International Association of Labor History Institutions. In recognition of his award, Roll will receive a cash award of 750 GBP, or a little more than $1500 (USD) by today's rate of exchange.

Now teaching at the University of Sussex in England, Roll's dissertation is entitled, "The Road to the Promised Land: Rural Rebellion in the New Cotton South, 1890-1945." It explores how African American and white farmers created a grassroots radicalism to defend agrarian traditions against the rise of capital-intensive agriculture in the lowlands of southeast Missouri.

Roll's specialty is the United States after the Civil War. His research and writing focuses on the intersection of race, work, and protest in the political economy of rural America. Parts of this research have already appeared in the Journal of Southern History, Labor History, and Radical History Review.
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