Kayla  Jordan

Kayla Jordan


  • United States History
  • Southern History



  • MA, Mississippi State University, 2022
  • BA, Mississippi State University, 2020
  • AS, Coastal Alabama Community College, 2018,

Research Interests

  • Late 19th and 20th Century U.S. History
  • Southern Cultural History
  • Southern Ghostlore and Folklore
  • History of Death in America
  • History and Memory Studies

Current Projects

  • I am currently researching the use of Southern ghostlore in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to illustrate its use as a form of social control through its deliberate portrayals of death/dying and historical events.

Awards & Honors

  • National Alumni Association Fellowship, University of Alabama, 2022-2023
  • 2nd Place Prize for Research Presentation in the Arts and Sciences/Education/Business Category, Graduate Research Symposium, Mississippi State University, Fall 2021
  • James W. Garner Graduate History Scholarship, Mississippi State University, 2020-2022
  • Martha Swain Outstanding Scholar Award, Mississippi State University History Department, 2020
  • Stephen D. Lee Scholar, Mississippi State University, 2020
  • Dennis J. Mitchell Undergraduate Excellence Award, Mississippi State University Meridian Division of Arts and Sciences, 2020