Dale Center for the Study of War & Society


As one of the top five military history programs in the nation, the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at The University of Southern Mississippi houses a unique academic community with distinguished expertise in how conflict affects communities, soldiers and non-combatants. Established in 2000 and named for the Dale family in 2014, the Dale Center expands on the field of military history, with its traditional focus on leaders, strategies and battle movements, and seeks to identify and understand the consequences of war. 

In its brief history, the Dale Center has earned a reputation as a center of excellence with its faculty members recognized among the best scholars in the field. They not only excel in the classroom but also produce award-winning publications and participate in documentaries, symposia and other speaking engagements. The Dale Center boasts scholars with a broad range of expertise, including Ming China, Vietnam, World War II Britain, the U.S. Civil War and America’s colonial wars. Dale Center students come from diverse geographic, economic and social backgrounds, and embark on equally diverse and bright futures.

The Dale Center serves as a resource to the community by hosting the Lt. Col. John H. Dale, Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series, the annual Richard F. McCarthy Lecture Series, monthly roundtable discussions and presentations to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Dale Center faculty members have also served as documentary consultants and scholarly experts for the History Channel, the Military Channel, PBS, Lucas Films and the BBC. 

For more information on the Dale Center, visit www.usm.edu/dale-center.