Program Faculty

O. Vernon Burton, Executive Director

Dr. Burton is the Associate Director for Humanities, Arts, and Sciences at the Clemson Cyber Institute. He also teaches courses in U.S. social and political history, history of the U.S, South, race relations, the twentieth century civil rights movement, family and community studies, and quantitative techniques.

Simon K. Lewis, Director

Dr. Lewis is an Associate Professor of English and the Associate Dean of Language, Cultures, and World Affairs at the College of Charleston. He also serves as editor of Illuminations, and teaches courses in African literature, Post-colonial literature and theory, and Contemporary South African literature, culture and poetry. Professor Lewis directs the African Studies program and the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) program.

David T. Gleeson, UK Affiliate Director

Dr. Gleeson is a Professor of American History at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England.  He teaches courses on the American South in the 19th Century, Modern Ireland, the history of the South since 1865, and Ireland and the Irish Diaspora.

Tristan Stubbs, UK Affiliate

Dr. Stubbs recently completed a PhD in American History at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, UK. Formerly, he lectured in American and Caribbean studies at the University of Sussex. He has been Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Virginia Historical Society, and Lewis P. Jones Visiting Fellow at the University of South Carolina. His writing on historical and contemporary slavery, the history of ideas, agricultural history, the Atlantic slave trade, and gender history has appeared in journals, magazines, encyclopedias and online. Dr. Stubbs won the 2013 Hines Prize for his outstanding book, The Plantation Overseers of Eighteenth-Century Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Brian Kelly, After Slavery Project

Dr. Brian Kelly is a Reader in History who specializes in US labor, southern and African American history at Queens University in Belfast. In 2013, he and Bruce E. Baker co-edited After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South (University Press of Florida, 2013). Kelly’s first book, Race, Class and Power in the Alabama Coalfields, 1908-1921 (University of Illinois Press, 2001) won five major awards, including the Frances Butler Simkins Prize for an outstanding first book by an author in southern history, and he has published widely on race and labor in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His publications also include “Labor and Place: The Contours of Freedpeople’s Mobilization in Reconstruction South Carolina,” Journal of Peasant Studies 35: 4 (October 2008): 653-687, and “Emancipations and Reversals: Labor, Race, and the Boundaries of American Freedom in the Age of Capital,” International Labor and Working-Class History 75: 1 (Spring 2009): 1-15.

Mary Battle, Associate

Dr. Battle is the Public Historian at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Co-Director of the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative, and an affiliate of the Department of History and African American Studies at the College of Charleston. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts from Emory University, and her research focuses on changing representations of slavery and its race and class legacies in historic tourism, from the South Carolina Lowcountry to historically interconnected Atlantic World sites.

Mari Crabtree, Associate

Dr. Crabtree is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and an affiliate of the History Department. She studies the intersections of African American culture, racial violence, and systems of oppression. Her book manuscript, “My Soul is a Witness: Lynching and Southern Memory, 1940–1970,” unearths how memories of lynching shaped identity, culture, and community in the mid-twentieth century American South. She uses the sensibility of the blues as the central metaphor for theorizing the ways in which African American cultural forms provide a mode for processing and remembering the trauma of racial violence. She is also writing an article on the cultural meaning of ghosts in African American folklore, and her next book project will be an intellectual history on sincerity, irony, and critiques of white supremacy.

Adam Mendelsohn, Associate

Dr. Mendelsohn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies and Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town. He teaches courses on U.S. Southern Jewish history, modern Jewish history, and on Jews and race in South Africa and the U.S. South. His research focuses on the connections between the Jewish communities of the United States and British Empire in the 19th century.

Ralph Muldrow, Associate

Dr. Muldrow is a Professor in the Department of Art and Architectural History at the College of Charleston. His research interests include preservation planning, historic preservation, and community planning.

Kameika Murphy, Associate

Dr. Murphy is interested in connections between the American South and Greater Caribbean, especially as it relates to migration and revolutions in the Atlantic region. Her research interests also include civil society and the production of power, military communities, refugees, and Diaspora. Dr. Murphy has also done work on capacity building in community based organizations, as well as gender, governance and development in post-colonial societies. Her most recent research centers on Black Loyalists and their socio-political contributions to Afro-Caribbean society. Other forthcoming projects include two articles, one on Black Loyalists experiences in the Haitian Revolution and another on the significance of Gadsden’s Wharf for refugees of the American Revolution.

Sandra Slater, Associate

Dr. Slater is an Associate Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at the College of Charleston. She teaches classes on Colonial America, American Sexualities, and Gender in the early modern Atlantic world. Her research assesses comparative constructions of European masculinities in the New World during the period of early contact.

Kerry Taylor, Associate

Dr. Taylor is Assistant Professor of History at The Citadel and Coordinator of The Citadel Oral History Program. He teaches courses in U.S. labor, civil rights, and oral history and is presently at work on a book about labor radicalism in the 1970s. He is also co-editor of volumes four and five of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. (University of California Press 2000 and 2005) and American Labor and the Cold War (Rutgers University Press 2004).

Carl Wise, Associate

Dr. Wise is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston. He received his PhD in Romance Languages at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on political and ideological discourse in the renaissance and early modern Hispanic world.

John White, Associate

Dr. White is the Dean of Libraries at the College of Charleston and the Director Emeritus of the Lowcountry Digital Library.  He earned his PhD in History from the University of Florida in 2006. His book, Forging a New Consensus:  White Resistance and Desegregation in South Carolina, 1944-1964, is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press.

Heather Gilbert, Digital Initiatives Coordinator

Ms. Gilbert is the Head of Digital Scholarship and Services for the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston and the Project Director for the Lowcountry Digital Library. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with her MLIS in 2011. Ms. Gilbert brings over 8 years of web development and digital design experience to the project and has presented at conferences across the nation on metadata standards and digitization initiatives in archives. Ms. Gilbert also holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Tyler Mobley, Technology Coordinator

Mr. Mobley is a Digital Services Librarian for the Addlestone Library. He graduated with his MLIS from the University of South Carolina where he focused his studies on digital libraries and systems. He previously has worked in the South Carolina Digital Library and the University of South Carolina Digital Collections department and has presented nationally at conferences on open source software implementations in libraries.