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Dr. Drew Swanson

Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Distinguished Professor
of Southern History

B.S. Lees McRae College (2001); M.A. Appalachian State University (2004); Ph.D. University of Georgia (2010).

Teaching and Research Interests: U.S. South, environment, agriculture, public history.

Drew Swanson was a farmer, zookeeper, and park ranger before figuring what he wanted to be when he grew up. (It turns out the answer is the Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Distinguished Professor of Southern History.)  Swanson’s award-winning scholarship includes publications in such leading forums as American Historical ReviewEnvironmental HistoryAgricultural History, and Environment & History, as well as four books. The most recent is A Man of Bad Reputation: The Murder of John Stephens and the Contested Landscape of North Carolina Reconstruction (UNC Press, 2023).  His current book projects include a study of the consumer culture of American hunting and a history of white-tailed deer. He is active in several scholarly organizations, and is past president of the Agricultural History Society as well as incoming editor of the journal Agricultural History.

Dr. Swanson welcomes graduate students interested in the South and the natural world, broadly conceived.

Contact Information:
Georgia Southern University
Department of History
Office #3004
Tel.: 912-478-2850
email –

Last updated: 12/14/2023