CHASES strives to be the intellectual and institutional home for scholars working on the history of agriculture, rural life, science, and the environment in the American South.

Building on the MSU faculty's expertise in these subjects, CHASES sponsors a lecture series, graduate assistantships, seminars and more. It works with researchers, partners with scholarly organizations, and seeks to facilitate and publicize research in its core areas. If you have any questions about CHASES or wish to make a donation, please contact the center's director, Mark Hersey, at