Dr. Brooks R. Blevins



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


After brief teaching appointments at the Meridian campus of Mississippi State University and Ozarka College, Dr. Brooks Blevins returned to his undergraduate alma mater, Lyon College, initially as director of the Regional Studies Center and later as an assistant professor of history. In 2008, he came to Missouri State as the university’s first Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies. Building on a long tradition of leadership in the academic study of the Ozarks region, Missouri State created the Noel Boyd Professorship to develop and teach a multidisciplinary array of courses. As the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies, Blevins shepherded the Minor in Ozarks Studies into creation in 2010, chairs the university committee that oversees the minor, and teaches the minor’s two core courses.

Though Blevins came to Missouri State as a multidisciplinary expert on all things Ozarks, he is a respected scholar with a broad range of interests extending from the history of American higher education to agriculture, religion and society in the U.S. South. He has written seven books and edited or co-edited two additional volumes. In addition to these works, he serves as the editor of the University of Arkansas Press’s Chronicles of the Ozarks Series and Ozarks Studies Series. Blevins also produced and co-wrote the liner notes for two collections of recordings of traditional Ozarks music: Sounds of the Ozark Folk: The 1963 Arkansas Folk Festival and Sounds of the Ozark Folk, Volume II: Middle Americana. Blevins currently serves on the editorial boards of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly and the Missouri Historical Review, co-hosts regional history and culture segments on Ozark Highlands Radio, and chairs the Ozark Folk Cultural Center Commission, which oversees Arkansas’s Ozark Folk Center State Park.



  • PhD, History, 1999, Auburn University
  • MA, History, 1996, Auburn University
  • BA, History, 1992, Lyon College


  • OZK 150: Introduction to Ozarks Studies
  • HST 121: History of the United States to 1877
  • HST 375: The Ozarks in American History
  • HST 720: American History Readings Seminar
  • HST 725: The Upland South (Appalachia and the Ozarks
  • HST 730: American History Research Seminar
  • ENG 376: Literature of the Ozarks 

Professional experience


  • Arkansas Historical Quarterly: editorial board member
  • Missouri Conference on History: steering committee member
  • Missouri Historical Review: editorial board member
  • Southern Historical Association

Research and professional interests

  • History of the U.S. South, especially the Ozarks and Appalachia
  • Publishing books and articles on the Ozarks and the South

Selected publications:

Awards and honors

  • Violet B. Gingles Award for the best essay on an Arkansas history topic, Arkansas Historical Association, 2018
  • Susie G. Pryor Award ("The Ordinary Days of Extraordinary Minnie"), Arkansas Women’s History Institute, 2015
  • John G. Ragsdale Book Award (Ghost of the Ozarks), Arkansas Historical Association, 2013
  • Arkansiana Award in nonfiction (Arkansas/Arkansaw), Arkansas Library Association, 2011
  • John G. Ragsdale Book Award (Arkansas/Arkansaw), Arkansas Historical Association, 2011
  • Book of the Year Award (Arkansas/Arkansaw), Missouri Conference on History, 2010
  • Outstanding Academic Title (Arkansas/Arkansaw), Choice Reviews Online, 2010
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Lyon College, 2010
  • Finalist, ForeWord Book of the Year Award, Regional Category (Arkansas/Arkansaw), 2009

Additional resources

Area of expertise

History United States

Media appearances

Dogpatch, USA: An Average Stone-Age Community
Jeff Carter Production
Historian and author Dr. Brooks Blevins contributes to the documentary.

Ozarks Watch Video Magazine 20th Anniversary Documentary
Ozarks Public Television
Historian and author Dr. Brooks Blevins contributes to the documentary.

American History TV in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Historian and author Dr. Brooks Blevins shares the history of the Ozarks.

History of the Ozarks
Historian and author Dr. Brooks Blevins Brooks Blevins talks about his book, History of the Ozarks, Vol. 1: The Old Ozarks.

Back Road Barns
Arkansas Educational Television Network
Historian and author Dr. Brooks Blevins is interviewed for "Back Road Barns," a film that visits historic barns throughout Arkansas.

Guest Host: Ozarks Highlands Radio
Ozarks Highlands Radio
Historian and author Dr. Brooks Blevins serves as guest host for a variety of shows.


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