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Much of my sensibility as a scholar—attention to race, religion, and social change, to the natural and built environments, and to individual and community capacity-building—is reflected in my teaching at Francis Marion University, whether of introductory or upper-level courses.


Every semester I teach one or two sections of the second half of the U.S. history survey, and I regularly rotate advanced courses in African, African American, and South Carolina history. As co-coordinator (with Dr. Chris Barton) of the History Department's concentration in Public History & Archaeology, I teach Introduction to Public History and supervise the History Internship. I serve on the advisory committee for the interdisciplinary program in African & African American Studies, and I teach that program's gateway course each fall. 


All of my courses focus on assisting students to develop their skills of effective reading comprehension, analysis, and expression. Over the past several years I have developed book-length study guides for several courses that promote close reading of the principal text as well as carefully selected primary historical documents, written and visual. The result is a seminar-style classroom experience with a high level of student engagement. My courses also include film and media studies; guest lectures by experts and practitioners; and field trips to sites that help bring history to life.

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AAAS 200

Intro to African & African American Studies

Interdisciplinary overview of the development, content, methods, and future of African and African American Studies and of contemporary concerns of peoples of African descent.

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HIST 102

U.S. History since 1877

The second half of the U.S. history survey course, with emphasis on nationhood, citizenship, and the black freedom struggle; the natural and built environment; and America in the world.

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HIST 316

South Carolina History

The state’s history from indigenous settlement to the present, with emphasis on economic change, race relations in slavery and freedom, and the natural and built environment.


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HIST 220

Intro to Public History

Theory, methods, and hands-on experience in public history, from archives and historic preservation to digital history and documentary film, with frequent field trips and guest speakers.

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HIST 370

African history

A brief introduction to the history of a vast continent, from human origins to the present, with emphasis on regional diversity; social, religious, and intellectual innovation; and African agency. 

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HIST 311

History of Black Americans

An introduction to African American history from the Middle Passage to the present, with special attention to regional diversity and social, cultural, and political change. 

Louis Venters "chattel house" Barbados
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HIST 487

history Internship

An opportunity for advanced students to acquire practical work experience in research, exhibit design, historic preservation, or other related projects in a public or private agency. 

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