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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Gary Sprayberry

Associate Professor

Gary Sprayberry


Dr. Gary Sprayberry

Position: Associate Professor
Office: Yancey Center 352
Phone: 706-507-8353

Office Hours

Spring Semester 2019
TR 11:15am-1:15pm and by appointment
(RiverPark Campus) YC 352


Ph.D., The University of Alabama
M.A., Jacksonville State University
B.A., Jacksonville State University

Specialty Area

African American History, American Social and Cultural History, United States since 1865


Dr. Gary Sprayberry received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Alabama in 2003. He offers courses in African American history, American social and cultural history, and the United States since 1865.

His most recent publications include "One Doesn’t Integrate on Sunday: The Creation of the Human Relations Council and the Origins of Desegregation in Anniston, Alabama, 1961-1963" in the Alabama Review and "Student Radicalism at the University of Alabama, 1968 – 1970," in Rebellion in Black and White.

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Sprayberry recently completed more than five years as the chair of the department, and continues to assist current chair, Dr. Tompson, in administrative responsibilities.

He is presently revising his manuscript, "Model City, Colored Town: Paternalism, Class and Civil Rights in Anniston, Alabama, 1872 to Present," for publication.

During the Summer 2016, 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).