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.


Armstrong Campus

Area of Interest
Dr. Olavi Arens Professor
Dr. Allison Belzer Associate Professor European History, War and Society, Biography
Dr. Michael Benjamin Associate Professor
Dr. Christopher Curtis Professor
Dr. Michael Hall Professor Latin America, US Foreign Relations
Dr. Christopher E. Hendricks Professor
Dr. Kurt Knoerl  Assistant Professor Digital History, Public History, Maritime History, Maritime Archaeology, Material Culture, Native American History, and Environmental History.
Dr. Kwaku Nti
Associate Professor
Dr. Alena Pirok Assistant Professor Public History, Museum History, U.S. History
Dr. Jason Tatlock Associate Professor Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History
Dr. James Todesca Associate Professor
Dr. Felicity Turner Assistant Professor
Dr. Hongjie Wang Associate Professor








Staff–Armstrong Campus

Jennifer McCarthy  Secretary


Statesboro Campus

Area of Interest
 Dr. Ahmet Serdar Akturk  Assistant Professor  Middle East
 Dr. William Thomas Allison Professor U.S. Diplomatic & Military
Dr. Robert Batchelor Professor Modern Britain, Comparative World
 Dr. Jonathan Bryant Professor Georgia, US South
Dr. Jeffrey Burson Associate Professor Early Modern and Modern France, European Enlightenment
Dr. Kathleen M. Comerford Professor & Pre-Law Advisor Reformation, European Religion
Dr. Julie de Chantal Assistant Professor African American History, Women
 Dr. Lisa Denmark Associate Professor, & Interim Chair US South, Georgia History
Dr. Alan C. Downs Associate Professor Civil War, US West , American Indian
Dr. Brian Feltman Associate Professor, & Assistant Chair Statesboro Campus Modern Germany,  War and Society, Masculinity
Melissa Gayan Lecturer Soviet Union, and 20th century world history
Dr. Michelle Haberland Professor Labor, Gender, US South, 20th Century
Dr. Mao Lin Assistant Professor American Foreign Relations; American Presidency; U.S.-China Relations; Modern China; World History
Dr. Johnathan O’Neill  Professor American Constitutional and Legal History; American Political Thought
Dr. Juanjuan Peng Associate Professor Social and Economic History of Modern China, Business History
 Dr. Paul A. Rodell Professor Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Religion
Dr. Craig H. Roell Professor, & Graduate Program Director US Business, Economic and Cultural
Dr. Anastatia Sims  Professor U.S. Women, Biography
Dr. Cathy Skidmore-Hess Associate Professor Africa, Environmental, Gender, Religion
Dr. Solomon Smith Associate Professor
Colonial America, American Revolution, Golden Age of Piracy, Military History
Dr. Brent Tharp Director, Georgia Southern University Museum
Dr. Timothy Teeter Associate Professor Ancient Greece and Rome, Early Christianity, and Late Antiquity.
 Dr. Michael Van Wagenen  Associate Professor, & Public History Program Coordinator
Public History
Dr. James M. Woods Professor Early Republic, Jacksonian America, and American Religion
Dr. Corinna Zeltsman Assistant Professor Latin America, Mexico, History of Printing and the Book, Visual Culture, Labor History

Staff–Statesboro Campus

Maegan Colson
Administrative Assistant
Academic Advisor: History

Professors Emeritus

Dr. Clement Charlton Moseley Professor of History (1996)
Dr. Ray T. Shurbutt Professor of History (1997)
Dr. George H. Shriver Professor of History (1999)
Dr. George Hewett (“Hew”) Joiner Professor of History and Director Emeritus, Bell Honors Program (2002)
 Dr. Vernon O. Egger Professor of History (1983-2012)
 Dr. Charles S. Thomas Professor of History (1983-2012)
Dr. Al Young Professor of History (1988-2012)
Dr. Donald A. Rakestraw Professor of History (1983-2013)
 Dr. Emerson Thomas McMullen Associate Professor (1991-2017)

In Memoriam

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


Last updated: 3/12/2019

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