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Dr. Solomon K. Smith

Associate Professor of History (2010).

B.A. in History, College of William and Mary, 1998; M.A. in History, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000; Ph.D. in History, University of Georgia, 2009.

Teaching and Research Interests:  American Colonial, First Contact, American Revolution, Piracy during the Golden Age, Atlantic History.

Upper-Level Courses:

  • HIST 4431 Invasions of the Americas: Contact, Encounter, & Colonization
  • HIST 4432 Early America 1670-1763
  • HIST 5133 Revolutionary America 1763-1790
  • HIST 5234 Pirates in the Americas, 1490-1750
  • HIST 3030 The Great War for Empire: A Global History of the Seven Year’s War


Contact Information: 

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: #2002, Interdisciplinary Academic Building
Tel.: 912-478-5742
Fax: 912-478-0377

Selected Publications: 

Professional Activities, Honors, and Awards:

  • Vice President for the Board of Directors of the Mulberry Grove Plantation Foundation 2013-2017. Recent interview by Atlanta Journal Constitution.
  • Summer Award for Faculty Development, Center for Teaching and Learning, Georgia Southern University, 2014.
  • Overdyke Article Prize, 2005, for “‘Better to not look at a place, then send an unsupported man there as agent: Chaplain Thomas Callahan and the Arrival of the Freedman’s Bureau in Shreveport,” North Louisiana History 36:4 (Fall 2005): 154-167.
  • President’s Memorial Award, Spring 2001, Publication Committee, Louisiana Historical Association, for “The Freedman’s Bureau in Shreveport: The Struggle for Control of the Red River District,” Louisiana History 41:4 (Fall 2000): 435-465.

Current Research:

  • Book Manuscript: ‘A Profound Secret in the Breast of a Very Few’: Industrial Ventures in the Chesapeake Region, 1720-1820.

Last updated: 12/14/2023