Shelly Lemons, Ph.D.

Photo of Shelly Lemons, Ph.D.Professor of History

Office: Carnegie Hall 213

Phone: (618) 537-6457

About Shelly

Dr. Shelly Lemons, Associate Professor of History, joined the McKendree faculty in 2010. Dr. Lemons received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, and a Master of Arts in History from Missouri State University, located in Springfield, Missouri. In 2004, she completed a doctoral degree in history from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Dr. Lemons taught at community colleges in Utah and in Missouri for ten years before coming to McKendree University. She is actively engaged in teaching and scholarship, with a primary focus on women and gender issues. Her manuscript, Down on First Street: Prostitution in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is forthcoming. Other projects currently in progress include a study of courthouse weddings and attitudes about marriage as well as manuscript project on Oklahoma women, the Great Depression, and the Dust Bowl.

Dr. Lemons is also actively engaged in community and professional organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice. She is also part of the executive council and a Vice President of the Southwestern Historical Association.


Ph.D., History, Oklahoma State University (2004)

M.A., History, Missouri State University

B.A., History, Missouri Southern State University

Teaching and Research Interests

Gilded Age and Progressivism

Modern US History

US Women’s History

Gender and Sexuality

Courses Taught at McKendree

HIS 262 United States History Since 1865

HIS 276/376 Minorities in the American Experience

HIS 324 Emergence of Modern America: 1890-1945

HIS 271/371 United States Women’s History