College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Michael Benjamin

Assistant Professor of History (2010).                            
B. A. in Political Science – Lincoln University (1973); J. D. in Law – University of Pittsburgh (1976); M. A. in the History of the Book in America – Drew University (2004); M. Phil. in the Philosophy of History – Drew University (2006); Ph. D. in Modern History and Literature – Drew University (2007).

Teaching and Research Interests:
African American History, Black Print Culture, and Africana Studies.

Upper Division Courses:

  • HIST 2111 United States History to 1877
  • HIST 1100 Constitutional and Political History of Georgia and the United States
  • HIST 2112 United States History from 1865
  • HIST 3900 African American History to 1877
  • HIST 3910 African American History from 1865


Contact Information:
Department of History
Georgia Southern University, Armstrong
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419-1997

Office: Hawes 108C
Tel.: 912.344.2704
Email: mbenjamin@georgiasouthern.edu
Fax: (912) 478-0377

Selected Publications:

  • “The Colored Author’s Collection: To Exhibit to the World and Educate a Race” inEducation and the Culture of Print in Modern America, Wisconsin University Press, 2010
  • “Globalizing a Race to Publish an Encyclopedia,” in American Nineteenth Century History, London, Routledge, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2010, 79-94.
  • From the Margins: African Americans and the Quest for Freedom, peer reviewed and edited, University of Paris, Sorbonne, Paris, (Routledge, Inc., Taylor & Francis Group, 2017).

Professional Activities, Awards, and Honors:

  • Member, Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • Member, National Council of Black Studies
  • Armstrong Black History Month Outstanding Faculty of the Year, 2015
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, 2010 (declined)

Current Research:

  • General:  African American Cultural and Public History (1789 – 1915)
  • Current Research and Publication Proposals:  Agency in Africanity: Perpetuating African Cultural Forms as a Social Norm;
  • In Search of the Grail: The Origins and Meaning of Encyclopedia Africana
  • The W. W. Law Collection and its Meaning to Savannah

Last updated: 3/4/2019

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY • Hawes Hall # 110, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419-1997 •
Interdisciplinary Academic Building, #3007, P.O. Box 8054, Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-4478