Faculty Research

History Publications


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Some Recent Faculty Publications:

Cara Delay, Catching Fire: Women's Health Activism in Ireland and the Global Movement for Reproductive Justice, Oxford University Press, 2023.

W. Scott Poole, Dark Carnivals: Modern Horror and the Origins of American Empire, Penguin Random House, 2022.

Jacob Steere-Williams, The Filth Disease: Typhoid Fever and the Practices of Epidemiology in Victorian England, Boydell and Brewer, 2020.

Cara Delay, Birth Control: What Everyone Needs to Know, Oxford University Press, 2020.

Jason Coy, The Devil's Art: Divination and Discipline in Early Modern Germany, University of Virginia Press, 2020.

Richard Bodek, Maroons and the Marooned: Runaways and Castaways in the Americas, University Press of Mississippi, 2020.

Adam Domby, The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory, University of Virginia Press, 2020.

Hayden Smith, Carolina's Golden Fields: Inland Rice Cultivation in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1670-1860, Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Cara Delay, Irish Women and the Creation of Modern Catholicism, 1850-1950, Manchester University Press, 2019.

W. Scott Poole, Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror, Counterpoint, 2018.

Phyllis G. Jestice, Imperial Ladies of the Ottonian Dynasty: Women and Rule in Tenth-Century Germany (Queenship and Power), Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Lisa Covert, San Miguel de Allende: Mexicans, Foreigners, and the Making of a World Heritage Site (The Mexican Experience), University of Nebraska Press, 2017.

Scott Poole, In the Mountains of Madness: The Extraordinary Life and Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft, Soft Skull Press, 2016.

Bernard Powers, We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel, Thomas Nelson, 2016.

Cara Delay, Women, Reform, and Resistance in Ireland: 1850 - 1950, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Rachel Donaldson, Roots of the Revival: American Folk Music in the 1950s, University of Illinois Press, 2014.

Rachel Donaldson, I Hear America Singing: Folk Music and National Identity, Temple University Press, 2014.

Tammy Ingram, Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.

Timothy Coates. Convict Labor in The Portuguese Empire, 1740-1932: Redefining the Empire with Forced Labor and New Imperialism, Brill Press, 2013.

Timothy Coates, Brazil at the Dawn of the Eighteenth Century, U Massachusetts/Dartmouth Press, 2013.

Timothy Coates, "European Forced Labor in the Early Modern Era," in The Cambridge World History of Slavery, vol. 3, David Eltis, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.631-649, 2011.

Jason Coy's "Magistrates, Beggars, and Labourers: Migration and Regulation in Sixteenth-Century Ulm,” has been published in Bert De Munck and Ann Winter, eds., Gated Communities? Regulating Migration in Early Modern Cities (Basingstoke: Ashgate Press, 2012): 157-174.

Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous North America, 1400-1850, edited by Sandra Slater and Fay A. Yarbrough, USC Press, 2011.

Author Scott Poole's sixth book  Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting,2011, "explores the American fascination with vampires, zombies, serial killers and even sea serpents, showing how these creatures of our dark obsessions help us to understand the dark and forboding places in American history."

Jason P. Coy's  publication is a survey of German history from the Paleolithic era to the present, A Brief History of Germany, New York: Infobase Publishing, 2011.

Jason P. Coy, Benjamin J. Marschke, and David W. Sabean, eds., The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association, Berghahn Press, 2010. This co-edited volume, which presents the most recent scholarly approaches to studying the Holy Roman Empire, is the inaugural volume in a new book series sponsored by the German Studies Association, the leading international conference group in the field.

The Fruits of Exile: Jewish Intellectual Immigration to America in the Age of Fascism Eds.: Bodek, Richard and Simon Lewis, USC Press, 2010.The Fruits of Exile casts new light on the history of émigré thinkers escaping from the rise of fascism in Central Europe. Editors Richard Bodek and Simon Lewis, along with an international group of contributors, emphasize the contributions to American and British culture by the European intellectual diaspora of the 1930s through their careful study of artists, scientists, and cultural figures often ignored in previous studies of the era.

The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina Authors: W. Scott Poole and Jack Bass, USC Press, 2009.As South Carolina enters into the fourth century of its storied existence, the state’s captivating, colorful, and controversial history continues to warrant fresh explorations. In this sweeping story of defining episodes in the state’s history, accomplished Southern historians Jack Bass and W. Scott Poole trace the key importance of race relations, historical memory, and cultural life in the progress of the Palmetto State from its colonial inception to its present incarnation.

Satan in America: the Devil We Know, Author: W. Scott Poole, Rowman & Littlefield, October 2009.

Strangers and Misfits: Banishment, Social Control, and Authority in Early Modern Germany  Author: Jason P. Coy, 2008. This book examines the role of banishment, a prevalent form of punishment largely neglected by scholars, in sixteenth-century Ulm, using the town’s experience to uncover how early modern magistrates used expulsion to regulate and reorder society. Brill Press 2008

Bureaucratic Literacy, Oral Testimonies, and the Study of Twentieth-Century Ethiopian History Author: Tim Carmichael Journal of African Cultural Studies, Vol. 18, Number 1, June 2006, pp.23-42

South Carolina's Civil War: A Narrative History Author: W. Scott Poole, 2005.South Carolina’s Civil War provides a much-needed synthesis of a wealth of work by social, cultural, and military historians. Using a narrative approach to his controversial topic, the author makes the central issues of the conflict in the Palmetto state accessible to the lay reader. The book explores some of the more colorful personalities of the Civil War era.

Vale of Tears: New Essays in Religion and Reconstruction Authors: Edward J. Blum & W. Scott Poole, 2005. The authors of this collection examine how African Americans and white Southerners, New England Abolitionists and former Confederate soldiers, Catholics and Protestants on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line brought their sense of the sacred into collaboration and conflict.

Never Surrender Confederate Memory and Conservatism in the South Carolina Upcountry Author: W. Scott Poole, 2004.The most focused and detailed history of southern conservatism to date.Poole traces the evolution of Lost Cause ideology in South Carolina from its prewar genesis through Reconstruction and the New South era, from its romanticized agrarian roots to its appropriation by the entrepreneurial middle-class.

Crossings Frontiers: Culture, Language & Bilingualism; Peter Pelham & Eric Widmer, editors "Crossing Cultural and Linguistic Frontiers: Some Reflections from a Historian on the Recent European Past" Author: William Olejniczak (Deerfield Academy Press, 2004): 25-39.

Convicts and Orphans: Forced and State-Sponsored Colonizers in the Portuguese Empire, 1550-1755 Author: Timothy J. Coates Stanford University Press, 2002.This book examines how the early modern Portuguese stat used convicts and orphans to polulate its global empire. In addition, it addresses the issue of gender in the state's use of two distinct groups of single women as colonizers, orphan girls and reformed prostitutes, each given state-awarded dowries they agreed to relocate overseas.

Timothy Carmichael (History/African Studies) Personality and Political Culture in Modern Africa (co-editor with Boston, 1998)

Black Charlestonians. A Social History, 1822-1885 Author: Bernard E. Powers, Jr. University of Arkansas Press, 1994.Because of its large free black population, Charleston provided a case study of black social class stratification and social mobility even before the Civil War. Reconstruction only emphasized that stratification and Powers examines in detail the aspirations and concessions that shaped the lives of the newly-freed blacks.