Jeannie Whayne

Jeannie Whayne

University Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5895

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Jeannie Whayne is a specialist is agricultural and southern history.  Her research focuses on the lower Mississippi River Valley and the interplay of social and economic history with environmental change, agricultural development, and race relations. Her most recent book, Delta Empire: Lee Wilson and the Transformation of Agricultural in the New South, explored the transformation of the plantation system in the twentieth century South, concluding with some observations about the emergence of portfolio plantations in the early 21st century.  She is currently a fellow of the Agricultural History Society and a distinguished lecturer with the Organization of American Historians.

  • Arkansas History
  • Southern history
  • Agricultural History
  • American History Survey

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

M.A., University of California, San Diego

B.A., University of California, San Diego

  • Delta Empire: Lee Wilson and the Transformation of Agriculture in the New South. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011)
  • A Whole Country in Commotion: The Louisiana Purchase and the American Southwest edited by Patrick Williams, S. Charles Bolton, and Jeannie Whayne (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2005)
  • The Clinton Riddle: Essays on the Forty-second President, edited by Todd G. Shields, Jeannie M. Whayne, and Donald R. Kelley (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2004)
  • Arkansas: A Narrative History, Jeannie Whayne, Tom DeBlack, George Sabo, and Morris S. Arnold (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2002)
  • Arkansas Biography: A Collection of Notable Lives, Nancy Williams, editor, Jeannie Whayne, associate editor (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2000)
  • A New Plantation South: Land, Labor, and Federal Favor in Twentieth Century Arkansas (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1996)
  • Cultural Encounters in the Early South: Indians and Europeans in Arkansas, edited (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1995)
  • The Governors of Arkansas, 2nd Edition, co-edited with Timothy P. Donovan and Willard B. Gatewood (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1995)
  • Shadows Over Sunnyside: Evolution of a Plantation in Arkansas, 1830-1945, Jeannie Whayne, ed. (Fayetteville:University of Arkansas Press, 1993)
  • The Arkansas Delta: Land of Paradox, Jeannie Whayne and Willard Gatewood, eds. (Fayetteville:University of Arkansas Press, 1993)
  • Executive Board of the Southern Historical Association
  • Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, 2008-present
  • Fellow of the Agricultural History Society
  • President Agricultural History Society, 2013-2014
  • President, Conference of Historical Journals, affiliate of the American Historical Association, 2003-2007
  • Editor, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, 1990-2013
  • Secretary Treasurer, Arkansas Historical Association
  • Chair, Department of History, 1998-2008
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Arkansas Historical Association, 2014
  • Fulbright College Master Researcher, 2013
  • John E. King Award for Service, 2012
  • Fulbright College Master Teacher, 2008
  • Fellow, Smithsonian Institution
  • Fellow, Carter Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia