Southern Studies Faculty

Faculty members who teach courses that count for the Minor in Southern Studies and whose publications focus on the U. S. South.

Vince Benigni - Teaches COMM 380: Sport in the South; head writer of True Maroon: An Illustrated History of Athletics at the College of Charleston

Erin Beutel - Teaches GEOL 235: Geology and Civilization; research includes present-day seismicity in SC

Jesslyn Collins-Frolich - English Department faculty; studies Native American literature and culture

Karen Chandler - Chair of Arts Management; co-founder of Charleston Jazz Initiative

Mari Crabtree -Teaches AAST 340: Race, Violence, and Memory in American History  and other AAST courses (The Writings of James Baldwin; African American Music)

Matthew Cressler - RELS 298: Interfaith Atlanta Across Color Lines (Summer 2017); RELS 270: African American Religions. Author, Authentically Black and Truly Catholic, NYU Press, Beyond the Most Segregated Hour: Reparations, Restructuring, and Relationships” for Religion News Service. 

Rachel Donaldson - Teaches public history, local history; interested in labor history, including phosphate mining; taught graduate course in Spring 2020 whose students created online African American History tour of Charleston (forthcoming F 2020).

Adam Domby - Teaches HIST 304: US History - Civil War & Reconstruction, researches Reconstruction, historical memory, digital humanities. Author,  The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory, UVA.

Shannon Eaves-- Teaches HIST 215, 216, and the history of slaver.  Co-authored “Tell the Stories of Those Who Have Enriched Charleston’s History,” with Adam Domby and Cappy Yarborough, Charleston City Paper, on July 1, 2020.

Julia Eichelberger - Teaches SOST 200: Intro to Southern Studies, English courses on Southern and Charleston writers, SOST 400: Southern Studies Capstone. Author of Tell About Night Flowers: Eudora Welty's Gardening Letters, 1940-1949; Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-first Century Approaches, UP of MS. Co-author, with Harlan Greene and Ron Menchaca, Discovering Our Past 250th Anniversary Tour of C of C. Co-founder and director, Program in Southern Studies; on sabbatical 2020-21.

Jean Everett - Teaches BIOL 301: Plant Taxonomy

Mary Jo Fairchild - Teaches primary source and archival literacy using historically significant objects in the holdings of College of Charleston Library's Special Collections and the South Carolina Historical Society (also housed at College of Charleston). Co-author with Aaisha Haykal and Barrye Browne, Between Accession and Secession: Political Mayhem and Archival Transparency in Charleston, South Carolina” in the edited collection Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization.

Valerie Frazier - Teaches ENGL 313: African American Literature

Grant Gilmore - SOST Program Director, 2020-21. Teaches ARTH/HPCP 338: American Vernacular Architecture & Material Culture, ARTH/HPCP 339, History of American Interiors. Worked with with preservationists, historians and the family of Esau Jenkins to create Sept 2019 the display of Esau Jenkins’s restored VW bus on National Mall for “Cars on the Capitol

Joanna Gilmore, director of Research & Interpretation, the Gullah Society, teaches Anthropology and Museum Studies

Harlan Greene - Director of Special Collections, novelist, historian; co-author of exhibit The Real Rainbow Row: Charleston's Queer History;  foreword in Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement; director of archival program Documenting LGBTQ Life in the Lowcountry

Maureen Hays co-authored The Stono Preserve’s Changing Landscape, Lowcountry Digital History Initiative, 2020; teaches Anthropology

Scott Harris - Teaches GEOL and ENVSS courses; studies the surficial geology and land surfaces of the Coastal Plain and Continental Shelf, ancient and modern sea-level changes, geoarchaeology

Melissa Hughes - Teaches BIOL 333: Ornithology; co-authored “Continuously choosy makes and seasonally faithful females: sex and season differences underlie size-assortative pairing,” Animal Behavior 2020, vol. 160.

Tammy Ingram - Teaches history of post-Civil War South; Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South; forthcoming book is The Wickedest City in America: Sex, Race, and Organized Crime in the Jim Crow South; co-founder, Program in Southern Studies

Steve Jaumé - Teaches GEOL 213: Natural Hazards; research on earthquakes includes those in region

Adam Jordan, Dept of Teacher Education, writes“Southern Schooling,” for The Bitter Southerner and co-directs the All Y’all Social Justice Collective 

Joe Kelly - Published America's Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March Toward Civil War and Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of American’s Origin, co-edited (with Richard Bodek) Maroons and the Marooned: Runaways and Castaways in the Americas; directs program in Irish and Irish American Studies, researches Irish Americans in Charleston

Gibbs Knotts  - Teaches POLI 330: Southern Politics, Fall 2017; recent books The Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of Its People and First In the South: Why South Carolina’s Presidential Primary Matters (co-authored with Jordan Ragusa); interim dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brittany Lavelle Tulla Teaches Historic Preservation; wrote “Croxton at Kings Mountain: Implementation and Elaboration of the National Park Service Aesthetic,” Arris: The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of Architectural Historians

Mike Lee - Teaches Communication; author of Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words That Made an American Movement; researches political campaigns, Southern strategy, racism in politics, secession

Simon Lewis - Directs CLAW program; recent book The Civil War as Global Conflict: Transnational Meanings of the Civil War; editor of literary magazine Illuminations 

Mark Long - Teaches Political Science/Geography; co-curator of Southbound: Photographs of and About the New South, Halsey Gallery, October 2018-March 2019

Kameelah Martin  Teaches courses in African American literature and culture; director, African American Studies; co-edited The Lemonade Reader: Beyonce, Black Feminism, and Spirituality, Routledge, 2019.  

Michele Moore  Affiliate Faculty in Southern Studies; author, The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston

Ralph Muldrow - Teaches ARTH 333: Traditional Design & Preservation in Charleston and HPCP 285: Drawing Charleston,

Scott Peeples - Teaches Intro to Southern Studies and courses on Gothic literature; essay in Southern Cultures, "Unburied Treasure: Poe and the Lowcountry," with photographs by Michele Van Parys; co-editor, The Oxford Handbook to Edgar Allan Poe;  author, The Man of The Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City  and other books on Poe

Harriet Pollack - English Department Affiliate Faculty; scholarship and teaching on Southern literature and culture; Eudora Welty scholar and editor of UP of Mississippi’s series Critical Perspectives on Eudora Welty.

Bernie Powers - Emeritus professor, director of Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston and Interim CEO, International African American Museum;  author of Black Charlestonians,  Lowcountry Digital History exhibit on Philip Simmons and ironworkers in SC; We Are Charleston (with Marjorie Wentworth and Herb Frazier), 101 African Americans Who Shaped South Carolina

Dale Rosengarten - Archivist, Jewish Studies faculty member; Mapping Jewish Charleston, Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art and other works on sweetgrass basket traditions;  A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life; researches history and culture of Jews in South Carolina

Leslie Sautter - Teaching GEOL 257: Marine Geology, Fall 2017

Hayden Ros Smith  Teaches Intro to Southern Studies and Southern history courses; Carolina’s Golden Fields: Inland Rice Cultivation in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1670-1860,

Barry Stiefel co-organized the symposium Architectures of Slavery: Ruins and Reconstruction, held on campus in October 2019.

Robert Stockton - Teaching HIST 323: Society and Culture of Early Charleston, Fall 2017

Nathaniel Walker - Teaches Art History course, The Architecture of Memory; architectural historian; interests include urbanism, slavery, commemoration; co-edited Suffragette City: Women, Politics, and the Built Environment, Routledge, 2020.

Brian Walter., Affiliate Faculty in Southern Studies,  researches flooding and race in Lowcountry; “Nostalgia and Precarious Placemaking in Southern Poultry Worlds: Immigration, Race, and Community Building in Rural Northern Alabama,” in Journal of Rural Studies · Dec 2019

James Ward - Teaches HPCP 299: Preservation Planning Studio, Fall 2017

Annette Watson - Teaching GEOG 219: Reading the Lowcountry Landscape, Fall 2017

Brenten Merrill Weeks - Teaching MUSC 365: Gospel Choir, Fall 2017

Allison Marie Welch - Teaches BIOL 334, Herpetology. Allison Welch co-authored “Development Stage Affects the Consequences of Transient Salinity Exposure in Toad Tadpoles,” Integrative and Comparative Biology; co-authored with Wendy Cory, “Naproxen and Its Phototransformation Products: Persistence and Ecotoxicity to Toad Tadpoles (Anayrus terrestris), Individually and in Mixtures,” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Leah Worthington  Co-director, Lowcountry Digital History Initiative; co-auhtor, with Rachel Donaldson, and Kieran Taylor (Citadel), “Making Labor Visible in Historic Charleston,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas

John White - Dean of Libraries; co-director of Lowcountry Digital History Initiative; co-author of online exhibit After Slavery; co-director of Race and Social Justice Initiative & principal investigator, The State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, 2000-2015