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 Mitchell, David   Name:  Dr. David Mitchell 
Title:  Adjunct Faculty of History 
Ph.D. in American History, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
B.S. in Public Administration, Samford University, Birmingham, Ala.
Office:  356 Bancroft Hall  
Phone:  803/323-4676 

New South, Religion in Southern Culture, African-American History, Populism/Progressivism, Southern Labor and Industrialization, Immigration, The New Deal, The Long Civil Rights Era


Dr. Mitchell 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 public speaking.  

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.


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