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Alumni Spotlight

Jason Williams

Jason Williams ('13)

Jason Williams is now teaching Social Studies at the Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. His courses include World History, World Geography, US History, and US History AP. Congratulations, Jason! Check out his academic website:

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Otis W. Pickett ('10)

Otis W. Pickett’s article “’We Are Marching to Zion’: Zion Church and the Distinctive Work of Presbyterian Slave Missionaries in Charleston, South Carolina, 1849–1874″ was selected as the best graduate student paper for the three volumes of the Proceedings for 2010-2012 by the South Carolina Historical Association. The award will be presented by Fritz Hamer, President, SCHA, 2012-13, Curator of Published Materials, South Caroliniana Library, USC-Columbia. Otis is currently a graduate student at the University of Mississippi.

Eliza Glaze

Eliza Glaze ('86)

Eliza Glaze, a native of Charleston who graduated magna cum laude from the History Department at the College of Charleston in 1986, has been awarded a National Endowment for  the Humanities sabbatical grant. She will spend that time at the National Humanities Center ( in Research Triangle Park, NC.  While there, Glaze will complete her critical edition, analysis and translations of a Latin medical text produced by a medieval scholar-physician named Gariopontus, who lived and wrote in Salerno, Italy during the eleventh century. She has identified and studied more than 65 surviving manuscripts of this hitherto unstudied text from all across Europe, many of them showing evidence of having been employed in the classrooms of later medieval Europe to promote the training of medical students in the comprehension of Greek terminology, pharmacology and therapeutic expertise. 

Eliza teaches at Coastal Carolina University, where she was promoted to Associate Professor of History in 2009.  She earned an MA and PhD from Duke University, specializing in the History of Medicine, Medieval Europe, and Latin Palaeography (the scientific dating and localizing of medieval manuscripts).  Her love of early European history began during her undergraduate studies at the College of Charleston, where she focused upon medieval history under the tutelage of John H. Newell (now Dean of the Honors College), women’s history with Amy M. T. McCandless (now Dean of the Graduate School), and the study of medieval Latin with Larry Simms (Department of Classics).   Glaze, who won the Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral Rome Prize for 2007-8, is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and was recently named a ‘Socia’ of  the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino. She often leads study-tours to Southern Italy, where she is especially interested in sites associated with the history of medicine and therapeutics.  Her most recent book project, Between Text and Patient: the Medical Enterprise in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, is a volume of 21 essays in medical history currently in press with SISMEL.

History Alumni Describe Their Undergraduate Internship Experiences:

Vanessa Seel ('09) and Harris Abrams ('09)

Share in the internship experience of Vanessa Seel at the CCPL Archives...and read her Journal and Final Report. Also, Harris Abrams had a great internship at the Charleston Museum's Manigault House. He served as a tour guide for the home originally built in 1803.