New South, Religion
in Southern Culture, African-American History, Populism/Progressivism, Southern
Labor and Industrialization, Immigration, The New Deal, The Long Civil Rights
is a historian of the modern U.S. South, with teaching and research interests
from the 1870s to the 1960s. He has
served as an historical commentator on state and local issues for the Monroe Enquirer-Journal and Charlotte
ABC News affiliate, WSOC-TV9.
Emphasizing social/cultural themes, he teaches classes in
African-American History, Religion in African-American History, Civil Rights
Era, American Labor History, both sections of American history, and World
Civilizations. He also teaches The Human
Experience for Winthrop’s University College—an interdisciplinary course
emphasizing reading comprehension, critical thinking, argument development, and
In addition to
teaching, Dr. Mitchell has several research projects under development. His dissertation, "Reconstructing
Religious Identity: Southern Baptists and Anti-Catholicism, 1870-1920,"
explores the psychological basis for intergroup discrimination. In 2013, the Southern Baptist Historical
Library and Archives awarded Dr. Mitchell the Lynn E. May Study Grant, funding
additional research to expand his dissertation into a published monograph. Finally, in June 2014, he will be giving a
plenary speech to the Historical Society of the Methodist Church on South
Carolina Methodist and Black Education during the late 19th century.