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Dr. Drew Swanson

Dr. Drew Swanson

Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Distinguished Professor
of Southern History

B.S. Lees McRae College (2001),

M.A. Appalachian State University (2004),

Ph.D. University of Georgia (2010).

Teaching and Research Interests:

U.S. South, environment, agriculture, public history.

Contact Information:
Georgia Southern University
Department of History
Office #3004
Tel.: 912-478-2850
email –

Selected Publications:
A Man of Bad Reputation: A Reconstruction Life, Death, and Afterlife (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming)
Beyond the Mountains: Commodifying Appalachian Environments,  Environmental History and the American South Series (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2018)
A Golden Weed: Tobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South, Yale Agrarian Studies Series (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014)
Remaking Wormsloe Plantation: The Environmental History of a Lowcountry Landscape, Environmental History and the American South Series (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012)
-More than a dozen journal articles and book chapters, in such publications as American Historical ReviewEnvironmental HistoryEnvironment & History, and Southern Cultures

Selected Professional Activities, Awards, and Honors:
-President of the Agricultural History Society, 2021-2022 (Vice President 2020-2021)
-Co-editor of H-Rural, 2013-present
-Co-editor of The Short Rows, the blog of the Agricultural History Society, 2021-present
-Wright State University, College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Research Professor, 2021
-Board of Editors, Georgia Historical Quarterly, 2020-present
-Phi Alpha Theta, Wright State Chapter, Outstanding Professor, 2019
-Georgia Historical Society, John C. Inscoe Award, 2018
-Executive Committee, Agricultural History Society, 2017-present
-National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (Wilberforce, OH), Advisory Board, 2017-2022
-University of Georgia, Woodruff Center for the Natural History of Georgia, Visiting Scholar, 2017
Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2015
-Ohio Academy of History, Publication Prize, 2015
-Agricultural History Society, Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award, 2015
-Wright State University, Presidential Early Career Achievement Award, 2015
-Wright State University, College of Liberal Arts Early Career Achievement Award, 2015
-Southwestern Ohio Council on Higher Education, Faculty Excellence Award, 2015
-Georgia Historical Society, Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell Award, 2013
-Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, Award for Excellence in Research, 2013
-Southern Historical Association, C. Vann Woodward Award, 2011
-Forest History Society, Theodore C. Blegen Award, 2010

Current Research:
-The history of hunting technology and consumerism since the Civil War
-A history of white-tailed deer.

Last updated: 11/7/2022