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History

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

History

Glenn Robins

Dr. Glenn Robins, Department Chair
Business and History Building, Room 314
Phone: 229-931-2108
Email: glenn.robins@gsw.edu

Dr. Glenn Robins joined the GSW Department of History and Political Science in August 2001. He completed his Ph.D at the University of Southern Mississippi and in 2009 he was a West Point Summer Fellow at the United States Military Academy. He teaches courses on Georgia History, the Cold War Era, and Civil War and Reconstruction. His publications include The Bishop of the Old South:The Ministry and Civil War Legacy of Leonidas Polk, (2006); The Longest Rescue: The Life and Legacy of Vietnam POW William A Robinson, (2013); and They Have Left Us Here to Die: The Civil War POW Diary of Sgt. Lyle G. Adair, 111th U.S. Colored Infantry, (2011), an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award Finalist. He is currently writing a book on Georgia and the Vietnam Era.

 Brian Parkinson

Dr. Brian R. Parkinson
Business and History Building, Room 312
Phone: 229-931-2084
Email: brian.parkinson@gsw.edu

Dr. Brian R. Parkinson came to GSW in the fall of 2005. He finished his Ph.D. at The Florida State University in 2005, specializing in World History. He teaches courses on Middle Eastern and Latin American history. He has published journal articles and book chapters on topics in Middle Eastern history. He is presently writing a biography of Judge Pierre Crabites, a Bourbon Democrat on the Mixed Courts of Egypt.

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Dr. Evan Kutzler
Business and History Building, Room 316
Phone: 229-931-2102
Email: evan.kutzler@gsw.edu

Dr. Kutzler received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, where he studied U.S. History, Public History, and Sensory History—a blend of social, cultural, and environmental history focusing on shifting patterns of perception. His research focuses on how prisoners during the American Civil War perceived and articulated captivity experience through the five senses. While revising his dissertation for publication, he is in the latter stages of co-editing and publishing a collection of letters between a Confederate prisoner of war and his fiancée. Dr. Kutzler is also practitioner of, and an advocate for, public history: a broad interdisciplinary field of professionals who share a commitment to making history relevant in the public realm. GSW is not only close to two national historic sites but also home to multiple non-profit public history organizations, local history organizations, small museums, and historic preservation initiatives. Students interested in learning more about public history and becoming active in the local and regional public history community are encouraged to reach out to him for more information. In addition to several journal articles, Dr. Kutzler’s book publications include Ossabaw Island: A Sense of Place (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2016) and Assistant Editor to Robert K. Brinkmeyer’s Citizen Scholar: Essays in Honor of Walter B. Edgar (University of South Carolina Press, 2016).

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Dr. Paula Martin
Business and History Building, Room 325
Phone: 229-931-2646
Email: paula.martin@gsw.edu

Dr. Paula Martin is a historian of European History specializing in the History of Medicine and Science. Professor Martin received her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2007 and has been with GSW since 2008. In addition to having presented several academic papers at conferences around the world, she is the author of Suzanne Noel: Cosmetic Surgery, Feminism and Beauty in Early Twentieth Century France, published in 2014 by Ashgate Press as part of their “History of Medicine in Context” series. Dr. Martin is currently working on her second book, John Stephenson (1796-1842): Montreal Scientist, Innovator and Educator. She also is an avid traveler who lives most summers in Paris while researching French archives.

Susan Bragg

Dr. Susan Bragg
Director, Women's Studies
Business and History Building, Room 313
Phone: 229-931-2175
Email: susan.bragg@gsw.edu

Dr. Susan Bragg attributes her fascination with history to a childhood spent devouring Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie books. Since that time, she has continued to explore women’s lives and the history of childhood through her graduate work at the University of Washington and in her teaching. Her work on African American family politics has appeared in the journal California History and in Quintard Taylor and Shirley Moore, eds., African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000. She is currently developing a project on gender and the cultural politics of NAACP activism and researching children’s literature from the era of World War I. At GSW, Bragg teaches courses with concentrations in women’s history, African American history, and 20th c. US history. She also advises students in the GSW History Club.

Political Science

 Brian Smith

Dr. Brian Smith
Business and History Building, Room 326
Phone: 229-931-2080
Email: brian.smith@gsw.edu

Dr. Brian Smith joined the History and Political Science department at Georgia Southwestern in 2007. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Brown University. He teaches courses in International Politics, Comparative Politics and the core American Government class. He is director of the Global Studies Certificate Program, the director of the European Union Studies Certificate Program and is the Coordinator of Pre-Law Services. His research interests include political legitimacy, nationalism, party systems in weak democracies, genocide and American foreign policy. He is also obsessed with traveling to Italy and the Czech Republic.

 Jason Berggren

Dr. Jason Berggren
Business and History Building, Room 321
Phone: 229-931-2109
Email: david.berggren@gsw.edu

Dr. D. Jason Berggren came to GSW in August 2009. He teaches courses in American politics, including the U.S. Presidency, the U.S. Congress and Legislative Process, U.S. Political Parties, and Religion and American Politics. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in political science from Florida International University in Miami. Before coming to GSW, he was a post-doctoral teaching fellow at the University of Georgia for two years. He has published a number of journal and newspaper articles on Jimmy Carter and his presidency. He is the faculty advisor for the GSW Student Government Association, GSW Young Democrats, and the GSW chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society. In 2012, he earned the GSW National Alumni Association’s Professor of the Year award.

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Dr. John LeJeune
Business and History Building, Room 315
Phone: 229-928-1390
Email: john.lejeune@gsw.edu

Dr. John LeJeune joined the GSW Department of History and Political Science in August 2016. He completed his Ph. D. in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego in 2014 and in 2012-13 was a Junior Teaching Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. He teaches courses in Political Philosophy, Constitutional Law, and American Politics, and his published articles include “Adults in the Playground: Winnicott and Arendt on Politics and Playfulness”(in D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory: Recentering the Subject. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming), "Hannah Arendt’s Revolutionary Leadership” (HannahArendt.net, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2013)), and “Social Dynamics of Abandonment of Harmful Practices: A new look at the theory,” w/ Gerry Mackie (Innocenti Working Paper 2009-06, Special Series on Social Norms and Harmful Practices, UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, Florence, May 2009).

Adjunct

Levine-Berggren Prof. Bonnie Levine-Berggren
Business and History Building, Room 323
Phone: 229-931-2106
Email: bonnie.levine-berggren@gsw.edu

Professor Bonnie K. Levine-Berggren has been an adjunct instructor at GSW since August 2011. She teaches courses in the social sciences, including World & Its Peoples, World Religions, and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In 1999, she earned her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale (Davie), Florida and, in 1995, her Master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has published several encyclopedia articles on war and religion and women and American politics.

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