William Montgomery Burnett Professor, History

Furman Hall 200N

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      My current research interests include the history of women’s higher education, women in American colleges during World War II, and the ways in which colleges adapted to the influx of veterans after 1945. Further, I am embarking on a project comparing the “strenuous life” ideas of Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy and the challenge that both gave to Americans to exercise, take hikes, and enjoy the beauty of the American outdoors. Part and parcel of the latter President and his era (the 1960’s) is the impact of Rachel Carson, the “back to the land” movement of American hippies, and the movement to promote the first “Earth Day” by 1970. All of these topics are research areas that I would like to explore.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      I am especially interested in the projects involving Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and the 1960’s. I would need help from political scientists on the legislative process for legislation that began to be passed in the 1960’s and from biologists regarding the impact of the ideas of Rachel Carson. Further, I am not an economist, and the implications of the 1960’s policies in terms of conservation would need to be looked at from the perspective of an economist. I am interested in the merging of social, economic, and environmental concerns as they shaped the story of the United States during the dynamic era of the 1960’s.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • FYWS: Can We Make Sense of the 1960’s?
      • HST-227: The United States Since 1941
      • HST-229: The African-American Experience

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