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.
For several years I have been retooling my courses to focus on assisting students to develop their skills of reading comprehension, analysis, and expression. I have developed book-length study guides that promote close reading of the principal text as well as carefully selected primary historical documents. The result is a seminar-style classroom experience with a high level of student engagement.
A brief introduction to the history of a vast continent, from hominid evolution to the present, with emphasis on regional diversity and African agency.
An introduction to African American history from the Middle Passage to the Obama presidency, with special attention to regional diversity and social and cultural history.
The southern U.S. since the end of the Civil War, with particular attention to the region’s social and cultural history and the long civil rights movement.
The second half of the U.S. history survey course, with emphasis on the black freedom struggle, the environment, and America in the world.
The state’s history from the Mississippian civilization to the present, with emphasis on economy, race relations in slavery and freedom, and the built environment.
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.