William F. Winter Professor of History
Office Hours: Wednesday – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm and by appointment
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Teaching and Research Interests
20th Century U.S., Race Relations, South
Eagles has been a member of the history faculty at the University of Mississippi since 1983. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and specializes in 20th Century U.S. history. His dissertation was published in 1982 as Jonathan Daniel and Race Relations: The Evolution of a Southern Liberal.
Several of his books deal with the Civil Rights Movement. Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, published by University of North Carolina Press in 1993, received the Lillian Smith Award in non-fiction.
The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, also published by the University of North Carolina Press, received the McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society for the best Mississippi history book in 2009, the 2010 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for nonfiction, and the 2010 Lillian Smith Award in non-fiction. This is the second time that Eagles has won the Lillian Smith Award in non-fiction.
In addition to articles in the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of American History, the Historian, the North Carolina Historical Review, and the Journal of Mississippi History, he has written Democracy Delayed: Congressional Reapportionment and Urban-Rural Conflict in the 1920s (1991; paperback 2010).
In 2010 Eagles received the university’s Frist Student Service Award.