Tess Evans completed her doctorate in history at the University of Tennessee in 2020. Her dissertation is an historical landscape study of the Arkansas Post, located in southeastern Arkansas at the confluence of the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers, which was the first permanent European settlement in the Lower Mississippi River valley. Her work analyzed how diverse groups of people—including Native Americans, Europeans, and people of African descent—created radical counter-geographies in a small, highly disputed part of early America, from its colonial inception in 1686 until 1850.
Tess’s research has been supported by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the Louisiana Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and most recently, the Humanities Center at the University of Tennessee.
Cultural landscapes, African American history, Native American history, Atlantic world
PhD History: University of Tennessee, 2020
M.A. History: James Madison University, 2014
B.A. History: Lynchburg College, 2012