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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Faculty News and Awards

Dr. Sarah Bowman

Dr. Sarah Bowman joined the department from Yale University at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year.

She recently gave several conference presentations, including:

  • "Beyond Memory: The U.S. South and the Emotional Politics of Reconciliation," Reconciliation After Civil Wars: Global Perspectives, a conference sponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech, Arlington, Virginia, October 14, 2016.
  • "Tales of Triumph: Post-Civil War White Southerners and the Cultural Politics of the Sectional Encounter," Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery Alabama, February 6, 2016.
  • "Anglo-Saxonism as a Language of Regional Difference: White Southerners and Reconciliation at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Palmetto Connections Symposium, sponsored by the University of South Carolina at Aiken and the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, Aiken, South Carolina, April 9, 2016
  • "Stories of Victimhood and Virtue: Postbellum White Southerners and the Memorialization of an Antislavery Past," British American Nineteenth Century Historians Conference, Cambridge, UK, October 11, 2015.

Dr. Bowman has also been active in the local community, giving the following talks:

  • "Columbus Women and Columbus's Daughters in the New South," talk at the Oglethorpe Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Columbus, Georgia, October 5, 2016
  • "Picturing the South: Exploring Regional Images in the Nineteenth Century," Lunch & Lecture series talk to accompany the exhibit Romantic Spirits, Columbus Museum, December 4, 2015.

Dr. Daniel Crosswell

Dr. Daniel Crosswell was appointed Colonel Richard R. Hallock Distinguished University Chair in Military History in the Fall of 2011. He was also instrumental in organizing the exhibition " DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER: SOLDIER, STATESMAN, ARTIST", where he delivered the inaugural lecture "Winston Churchill & Dwight D. Eisenhower, Statesmen and Artists." with Duncan Sandys.

He has also published two recent monographs:

Dr. John Ellisor

Dr. John Ellisor has recently published two major works, including

  • The Second Creek War: Interethnic Conflict and Collusion on a Collapsing Frontier. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2011.
  • "Seeking the Mainstream: The Historiography of Indian Removal." In Interpreting American History: The Age of Andrew Jackson. Edited by Brian D. Mcknight and James S. Humphreys. Kent State University Press, 2011.

Dr. Ellisor has also presented at several conferences, including

  • "Lee County, Alabama, and the Second Creek War." Quarterly Meeting of the Lee County Historical Society (January 2012).
  • "Our First Illegal Aliens: Georgians in New Alabama, 1832-1836." Becoming Alabama Conference, Auburn, University (January 2012).

Dr. Brad Huff

In August 2015, the proposed GIS Certification Program received final approval from the University System of Georgia. The Program is a standalone certificate, meaning that people outside the university can register for it as well as current students. It is currently capped at 10 students in its first and second year. 

News from the Certification Program includes:

  • In May 2016, the certification program graduated its first two candidates - Amanda Hall and Cheltzie Brown. Congratulations to both!
  • In April 2016, Dean Dennis Rome requested that the Program be extended to Ft. Benning, and Dr. Huff is currently working out the mechanics of this extension.

Dr. Huff and the geography students have also been active in attending conferences and giving presentations, including:

  • In November 2016, 7 students and 2 faculty plan to attend the annual conference of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers in Columbia, South Carolina. Three of them are planning to present posters at the event.
  • In April 2016, Amanda Hall won Best Presentation at Tower Day and Ryan Hutto won Best Poster
  • In November 2015, 6 students and 1 faculty attended the annual conference of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographer in Pensacola, Florida. The three day conference provided the students with the opportunity to meet other undergraduate and graduate GIS students from throughout the southeast US; to meet former CSU graduates who are now pursuing PhDs in geography; to meet with graduate school coordinators from throughout the southeast; and to participate in a variety of conference sessions.

Finally, in May 2016, the Department won a grant to acquire a new wide-format printer. The award of almost $10,000 will allow for the replacement of the wide-format printer that was lost last year. A heartfelt thanks goes out to the Student Technology Fee Committee for seeing the importance of this request, as well as for their general assistance with the replacement. 

Dr. Ryan Lynch

Dr. Ryan Lynch joined the department in Fall 2016 from the University of Oxford, and is a specialist in early Islamic history. He is currently revising his D.Phil. dissertation into a monograph, focusing on the life and writing of the early Muslim author al-Balādhurī (d. ca. 892 CE). He is also the new faculty adviser for the History and Geography Club. 

He recently published:

  • "Cyprus and Its Legal and Historiographical Significance in Early Islamic History." Journal of the American Oriental Society. Vol. 136, No. 3 (2016): 535-550.

He recently gave several conference presentations, including:

  • "A Different Kind of Control: The Frontiers of the Caliphate in the Early Islamic Period." Southeastern Medieval Association Annual Meeting , University of Tennessee Knoxville, October 7, 2016.
  • "The Reception and Reuse of al-Balādhurī's Kitāb Futūḥ al-Buldān in Medieval Islamic History." Al-Balādhurī: A Guide for the Perplexed Workshop, University of Oxford, 30 April 2016.
  • "'Abbāsid Reflections on Sasanian Policy in Arrān and Its Hinterlands." The Eastern Caucasus from Late Antiquity to Early Islam – First Workshop of the Nizami Ganjavi Program, University of Oxford, 6 June 2015.

Dr. Neal McCrillis

In addition to his ongoing role as the Executive Director of the Center for International Education, Dr. Neal McCrillis continues to work on his book project tentatively titled Cowboys and Doughboys: Changing British Attitudes Toward Americans During the Great War

His most recent presentations include:

  • "The Doughboys Invade Britain: American Servicemen and Women on the British Home Front during the Great War," Southern Conference of British Studies, St. Petersburg, 3 November 2016.
  • "Sullen Murmuring and Periodical Explosions: British Wartime Attitudes before America's Entry into the Great War, 1914-1916," Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Culture Heritage Conference, Liverpool, 14 July 2015.
  • "Filibusters and Cowboys into 'Bluejackets' and 'Sammies': British Attitudes toward Americans at the Start of the Great War," Southern Conference of British Studies, St. Louis, 2 November 2013.

Dr. Amanda Rees

In 2016, Dr. Amanda Rees won a grant from Georgia Organics for "Identifying, Supporting, and Empowering the Columbus Community Garden Community Through Mapping."

She worked throughout Summer 2016 with three students majoring in art history, history, and middle grades education to:

  • prepare three research posters for presentation at SEDAAG (Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers) in South Carolina, November 2016.
  • submit Student Research and Creative Endeavors grants (SRACE) to support student travel to present their findings at the SEDAAG conference.

She has recently published:

  • Rees, A., Becker, B., Bryant, C., & Frazier, A. "Shaping OurSpace: Children's Engagement with Nature through Urban Planning & Theatre." In Children, Nature and Cities, edited by A.M. Murnaghan and L. Shillington. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2016: 171-195.
  • Becker, B., Rees, A., Frazier, A. & Bryant C. "Shaping OurSpace: When Theatre, Geography, and Pedagogy Mix." Theatre Symposium 23 (2015): 67-80.

She published the following digital humanities projects in partnership with her students:

  • Rees, A. and Cultural Geography students. (2016) Exploring the Past: Buena Vista, Marion County Heritage Tour. (Digital Humanities) Columbus Community Geography Center.
  • Rees, A. and Cultural Geography students. (2015) In Transition: The Visionary Art Environment of Pasaquan, (Digital Humanities), Columbus Community Geography Center.
  • Rees, A. and Urban Geography students. (2015) At the Crossroads: MidTown, Inc. 2005-2015. (Digital Humanities), Columbus Community Geography Center.

Her most recent conference presentations include: 

  • "Reno-vation and the Emotional Geography of Divorce Tourism in Reno, Nevada 1900-1970." 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 10-12, 2015.  

She attended the following conferences for professional development: 

  • Peace-scapes: Exploring Landscapes of Peace and Peacebuilding Conference, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, May 2-15, 2015.
  • Team-based Learning Collaborative 15th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March, 2015.

Dr. Ilaria Scaglia

Dr. Ilaria Scaglia is spending the 2016-2017 academic year attached to the Freie Universität Berlin, after winning a Volkswagen - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Germany. She was also named the Spring 2016 Outstanding Faculty in Study Abroad/International Education by the Delta Nu Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society. 

Her most recent presentations include:

  • John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Research Colloquium (January 30, 2017). Paper: "Internationalism and the Alps."
  • Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. Conference: "Failing at Feelings. Historical Perspectives (1800-2000)." Paper: "Feeling 'Internationalist Emotions' – or not – at the University Sanatorium of Leysin, 1922-1961."
  • Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. Fall 2016 Colloquium (December 13, 2016). Paper: "Images of Internationalist Emotions, 1919-1945."
  • World History Association conference in Ghent, Belgium (July 2-5, 2016). Panel organizer: "International Conflict and Cooperation in the Field of Art." Paper: "'Exceptional acuity of vision and a power of touch:' Representing Mountains for Internationalist Purposes in the Interwar Period."
  • 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) in San Diego, CA (June 23-25, 2016). Panel organizer: "What Do Emotions Do? Or How Emotions Made Us Rethink about 'Agency' and 'Causality' in International History." Paper: "Managing Emotions in International (and Internationalist?) Schools, 1919-1939."
  • AHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta (Jan 7-10, 2016). Panel organizer: "Interpreting Mountains: Histories, Narratives, Geographies." Paper: "Noble and Representative Sentiments Come Free": Mountains and Emotions in Internationalist Rhetoric, 1919–45." 

Dr. Gary Sprayberry

Dr. Gary Sprayberry recently completed 5+ years as the chair of the department, and continues to assist the new chair, Dr. Tompson, in administrative responsibilities. The department's sincere thanks goes out to Dr. Sprayberry for his continued service.

During the summer, Dr. Sprayberry and Professor Michele McCrillis (Art Department) offered a study abroad course on "The Swinging '60s in Britain," in Oxford, England.

His most recent presentations include:

  • "'Hordes of Degenerates': The 1970 Atlanta International Pop Festival, Lester Maddox, and the End of the Southern Sixties," at the annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2015.
  • A chapter by Dr. Sprayberry, "Student Radicalism and the Antiwar Movement at the University of Alabama," appeared in Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s (Johns Hopkins Press, 2013).

Dr. Doug Tompson

Dr. Doug Tompson became the chair of the History and Geography Department during the Fall 2016 semester.

He and Dr. Ilaria Scaglia traveled to Cuba for a site visit during the Fall 2015 semester, as preparation for developing a new study abroad program there. The History & Geography Department's first "Spring Break in Cuba" program is planned for 2018.

He recently published and is currently working on:

  • "'If You Were White, I Would Kill You and Eat You': An Episode of Racial and Imperial Politics on the Mosquito Coast, c. 1800," which is scheduled to appear in a forthcoming Spanish-language edited volume on the African presence in Central America, which will be published in El Salvador.
  • The Limits of Nationhood: Region and Ethnicity in the Formation of Honduras and Nicaragua,  contracted through the University Press of Florida. It has already gone through an external review and is now under revision prior to its publication.

He recently presented:

  • "The Colonial Nation of the Baymen of Belize." American Historical Association's Annual Meeting in Atlanta, January 2016. 
  • "The Condition of Slavery in the Last Years of the Audiencia de Guatemala." Southern Historical Association's Annual Meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas, November 2015.