Our faculty are dedicated, award-winning teachers who represent many diverse approaches to the study of history and specialize in a variety of geographical regions and time periods. We pride ourselves on quality undergraduate teaching, providing a wide range of research experiences and cutting-edge scholarly work. Our faculty have won numerous awards for their publications, serve on regional and national academic committees, and have received prestigious fellowships from agencies across the world.

What truly distinguishes our department from other liberal arts colleges is the breadth and expertise of our faculty. Our students have the opportunity to explore the histories of cultures and civilizations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Lloyd Benson Furman University

Lloyd Benson

Walter Kenneth Mattison Professor of History
Erik Ching Furman University

Erik Ching

Professor; Director of Undergraduate Research
Carolyn Day Furman University

Carolyn Day

Associate Professor
Jason Hansen Furman University

Jason Hansen

Associate Professor
Lane Harris Furman University

Lane J. Harris

Associate Professor; Department Chair

Nadia Kanagawa​

Instructor of Asian Studies and History
Savita Nair Furman UniversitySAVITA NAIR​

Professor of History and Asian Studies
David Spear Furman University

David Spear

William E. Leverette, Jr. Professor
Marian Strobel Furman University

Marian Strobel

William Montgomery Burnett Professor

Courtney Tollison

Distinguished University Public Historian and Scholar


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