Jerry Boatner Runnels


University of Southern Mississippi


Rebecca Tuuri

Academic Interests:

War and society
Gender, race, and sexuality in war


Hattiesburg on the Homefront: Black Women and the Massive Remobilization of Camp Shelby during World War II

Bio Note:

(M.A., War and Society) M.S. Criminal Justice, minor in Political Science, 1997, University of Southern Mississippi; B.A. Criminal Justice, minor in Political Science, 1995, University of Southern Mississippi.

Jerra, a native of Collinsville, Mississippi, received her B.A. and M.S. degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi, and recently retired from the State of Mississippi after a career as a court administrator for the 12th Circuit Court in Hattiesburg. Jerra is pursuing her M.A. in War and Society with an interest in race, sexuality, gender and women’s issues during wartime, and under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Tuuri, she is researching the role of Black women in Hattiesburg with the remobilization of Camp Shelby during World War II. Jerra is a Graduate Assistant currently assigned to the Center for the Study of the Gulf South, was selected to participate in Professionals in Preparation (PIP), and is an ALLIES trained USM student. As an active member of her community, Jerra serves on the Board of Directors for the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter, volunteers with the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention, and is a member of the Hub City Crafters. Jerra is married to James Runnels, and they have four children and one grandson.

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