Jess Alan Usher

Position: Instructor of History Department: History, Politics, Social Justice

Contact Info

Office: 119 Modular West Phone: 336-750-8820 Fax: 336-750-2647


Born in Savannah, Georgia, my family moved to Winston-Salem when I was eight. I attended North Carolina State University as a Textile Engineering major and then spent over twenty years in the fire suppression industry. In 2003 I arrived at Winston-Salem State to achieve a boyhood dream of teaching history. I received my BA in history in 2006. Thanks to the the superb instruction received at WSSU, the logical next step was to pursue graduate degrees. If all goes well, my dissertation defense will occur very soon.

I have two grown sons. I love all sports, especially golf, basketball, football, and baseball. I played all major sports as a young man and confess to achieving consistent mediocrity in each.

Educational Background

  • ABD History University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • MA History University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • BA History Winston-Salem-State University

Research and Project Interests

  • Currently completing Ph.D. dissertation, An Uneasy Peace: The Struggle for Civil Rights and Economic Justice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1960-1972.
  • The application of historical analysis to issues of economic justice and race relations.
  • African American golfers and the struggle to desegregate recreational facilities.
  • Enslaved urban factory workers in the North Carolina Piedmont.