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Edward M. Wheat Papers

 Unprocessed Collection
Identifier: AM2000-38

Form of Material

Publications and professional papers reflecting the academic career of Dr. Edward M. Wheat. Dr. Wheat, a professor in USM's Department of Political Scieence, retiredat the end of the fiscal year 1999/2000, after 23 years of service.


  • Creation: circa 1976-2000


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Edward McKinley Wheat, II was born June 18, 1943, in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the first of four children, one son and three daughters, born to Edward M. Wheat and Ruth Parry Wheat. He attended kindergarten and first through seventh grades at General John J. Pershing public school and then went to Paseo High School for eighth through twelfth grades, graduating in 1961. Ed attended University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri receiving his BA and MA. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1975.

Dr. Wheat was a decorated Army veteran of the Korean Defense Era. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1962, and after basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, attended the U.S. Army Language School at Monterey, California, graduating in 1963 with a twelve-month certificate in Korean. After two months of tactical voice intercept training at the Army Security Agency Facility at Two Rock Ranch Station in Petaluma, California, he was sent to Korea for about fourteen months of duty, most of which was spent at the 226th United States Army Security Agency Operations Company on Kanghwa-Do, an island in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea. He was honorably discharged from the Army in December 1964. In 2008-2012 Dr. Wheat served as President of the Kanghwa-Do-Vet Veterans Organization.

Dr. Wheat taught political science and public administration at University of California, Santa Barbara, Golden Gate University, Salem College in West Virginia, and University of Southern Mississippi (1977-2000). At USM he was also Director of the American Studies Program. During his career, Dr. Wheat served as President of the Mississippi Political Science Association and as President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He retired in 2000 as Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

Dr. Wheat married Stella Ilene Hubbard in 1969. The two had a son, Walter, in 1972. After retirement, Dr. Wheat enjoyed traveling and reading. He passed away on April 19, 2020 at the age of 76.


1 Cubic Feet (total) : 302A.B15.L7.108.MC2.D12

Language of Materials



Publications and professional papers reflecting the 23-year career of USM professor of political science.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr. Edward M. Wheat

Edward M. Wheat Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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