College of Arts and Humanities

Faculty and Staff

For additional information regarding courses, research and links to webpages, please click on the faculty member’s name.

Department Head

NameTitleArea of Interest
Carol HerringerProfessorGender history, Early Modern and Modern Britain

Faculty, Armstrong Campus

Area of Interest
Dr. Olavi ArensProfessor 
Dr. Allison BelzerAssociate ProfessorEuropean History, War and Society, Biography
Dr. Christopher CurtisProfessorLaw and Property Rights in the Age of Revolution, English Common Law, Liberalism, Capitalism, Revolutions
Dr. Michael HallProfessorLatin America, US Foreign Relations
Dr. Christopher E. HendricksProfessorEarly America, Public History
Dr. Kurt Knoerl Assistant ProfessorDigital History, Public History, Maritime History, Maritime Archaeology, Material Culture, Native American History, and Environmental History.
Dr. Kwaku Nti
Associate ProfessorAfrican Diaspora, Atlantic World History, African History, African American History
Dr. Alena PirokAssistant Professor Public History, Museum History, U.S. History
Dr. Jason TatlockProfessorMiddle Eastern and Mediterranean History
Dr. James TodescaAssociate Professor 
Dr. Felicity TurnerAssistant Professor 
Dr. Hongjie WangAssociate ProfessorChina, Japan, Asia, Food Culture

Staff–Armstrong Campus

Machelle Moore  Secretary

Statesboro Campus

Area of Interest
 Dr. Ahmet Serdar Akturk Associate Professor Middle East
 Dr. William Thomas AllisonProfessorU.S. Diplomatic & Military
Dr. Robert BatchelorProfessorModern Britain, Comparative World
Dr. Jeffrey BursonProfessorEarly Modern and Modern France, European Enlightenment
Dr. Chris CaplingerAssistant Professor Segregation in the United States, U.S. South, U.S. Presidency
Dr. Kathleen M. ComerfordProfessor & Pre-Law AdvisorReformation, European Religion
Dr. Julie de ChantalAssistant ProfessorAfrican American History, Women
 Dr. Lisa DenmarkAssociate ProfessorUS South, Georgia History
Dr. Alan C. DownsAssociate ProfessorCivil War, US West , American Indian
Dr. Brian FeltmanAssociate ProfessorModern Germany,  War and Society, Masculinity
Melissa GayanLecturerSoviet Union, and 20th century world history
Dr. Michelle HaberlandProfessorLabor, Gender, US South, 20th Century
Dr. Mao LinAssociate ProfessorAmerican Foreign Relations; American Presidency; U.S.-China Relations; Modern China; World History
Dr. Johnathan O’Neill ProfessorAmerican Constitutional and Legal History; American Political Thought
Dr. Juanjuan PengAssociate ProfessorSocial and Economic History of Modern China, Business History
Dr. Craig H. RoellProfessor, & Graduate Program DirectorUS Business, Economic and Cultural
Dr. Cathy Skidmore-HessAssociate ProfessorAfrica, Environmental, Gender, Religion
Dr. Solomon SmithAssociate Professor
Colonial America, American Revolution, Golden Age of Piracy, Military History
Dr. Brent TharpDirector, Georgia Southern University Museum 
Dr. Timothy TeeterAssociate ProfessorAncient Greece and Rome, Early Christianity, and Late Antiquity.
 Dr. Michael Van Wagenen Associate Professor, & Public History Program Coordinator
Public History
Dr. James M. WoodsProfessorEarly Republic, Jacksonian America, and American Religion
Dr. Corinna ZeltsmanAssistant ProfessorLatin America, Mexico, History of Printing and the Book, Visual Culture, Labor History

Staff–Statesboro Campus

Maegan Colson
Administrative Assistant


Professors Emeritus

Dr. Clement Charlton MoseleyProfessor of History (1996)
Dr. Ray T. ShurbuttProfessor of History (1997)
Dr. George H. ShriverProfessor of History (1999)
Dr. George Hewett (“Hew”) JoinerProfessor of History and Director Emeritus, Bell Honors Program (2002)
 Dr. Vernon O. EggerProfessor of History (1983-2012)
 Dr. Charles S. ThomasProfessor of History (1983-2012)
Dr. Al YoungProfessor of History (1988-2012)
Dr. Donald A. RakestrawProfessor of History (1983-2013)
 Dr. Emerson Thomas McMullenAssociate Professor (1991-2017)
Anastatia Hodgens SimsProfessor of History (1987-2019)
Dr. Paul A. RodellProfessor of History (1992-2020)

In Memoriam

 Dr. Charles Patrick Crouch (1954-2010)Associate Professor of History
 Dr. George A. Rogers (1918-2010)Associate Professor of History
Dr. Michael Benjamin Associate Professor 

Last updated: 9/11/2020

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