Dr. Jeremy C. Neely


Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

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


Dr. Jeremy Neely is an assistant professor of history at Missouri State University. Alongside teaching introductory classes on U.S. history, Neely teaches upper-level courses on the history of the American West and Civil War memory. He has also taught courses on the history of Missouri, including “Missouri’s Civil War,” a Massive Open Online Course that Missouri State Outreach offered to more than 1,000 students around the world in fall 2015. Prior to Missouri State, Neely lectured at the University of Missouri and at Cottey College. He's the author of "The Border between Them: Violence and Reconciliation on the Kansas-Missouri Line."

In addition to writing for the New York Times “Disunion” series on the American Civil War, Neely also contributed pieces about guerrilla warfare to the Kansas City Public Library’s award-winning history project, The Civil War on the Western Border. He has been a featured guest on KCUR’s Central Standard, speaking about Missouri’s Confederate history. He has also served as historical advisor to the award-winning #QR1863 project, a social media re-enactment of William Quantrill’s 1863 raid upon Lawrence, Kansas.



  • PhD, History, 2004, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MA, History, 2000, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • BA, History and Political Science, 1998, University of Missouri-Columbia


  • HST 122: History of the United States since 1877
  • HST 121: History of the United States to 1877
  • HST 210: Writing II HST
  • HST 315: Military History of the United States
  • HST 524: Civil War and Reconstruction

Professional experience

Selected publications

Research and professional interests

Neely’s research focuses on the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, primarily in the trans-Mississippi West. His book frames the Civil War as the pivotal event within the long arc of the 19th century border West and explores the intersections of war and society, particularly the shadows that guerrilla violence cast upon the postwar era. His chapter on the Quantrill men reunions reflects an ongoing interest in the complex and contested public memories of the Civil War. His Freeman Barrows research is part of his larger interest in the dynamic nature of regionalism and political identity in 19th century America.


Awards and honors

  • Curtis P. Lawrence Master Teacher Award, Honors College, Missouri State University, 2016
  • Lawrence Christensen Award, “A ‘Pure Son of Missouri’: Freeman Barrows at the Crossroads of the Slaveholding Frontier,” the State Historical Society of Missouri, 2015
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, “Divided in the Middle: A History of the Kansas-Missouri Border, 1854-1896,” University of Missouri’s in 2005
  • Edward Tihen Award, The Border between Them, Kansas State Historical Society, 2009

Areas of Expertise

History United States

Media Appearances

Is 2020 the worst year ever? Springfield historians weigh in

U.S. historian Dr. Jeremy Neely talks about the worst year in history.

Petition: Remove Confederate monument in Springfield National Cemetery
Springfield News-Leader

U.S. historian Dr. Jeremy Neely comments on the petition to remove Confederate monument in Springfield National Cemetery.

Confederate flag bans, fall of monuments spark conversations around the Ozarks

U.S. historian Dr. Jeremy Neely comments on Confederate monuments.

Few firing complaints at Missouri’s Confederate monuments: ‘Just some guy on a horse’
Kansas City Star

U.S. historian Dr. Jeremy Neely addresses Confederate monuments

Missouri's Confederate History

U.S. historian Dr. Jeremy Neely weighs in on how Missouri deals with its Confederate past.