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Glenn Eskew


Ph.D. in History, University of Georgia


A member of the Georgia State University Department of History since 1993, Glenn T. Eskew teaches courses in southern history.  His recent biography Johnny Mercer:  Southern Songwriter for the World (Athens:  University of Georgia Press, 2013), received the Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award from the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Award for Excellence in Research, and was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association.  His book But For Birmingham:  The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 1997), received the Francis Butler Simkins Prize of the Southern Historical Association and Longwood College.  Other publications include the co-edited volume of essays (with Dr. Edward J. Cashin), Paternalism in a Southern City:  Race, Religion, and Gender in Augusta, Georgia and the festschrift in honor of Dr. Gary Fink, Labor in the Modern South.  Eskew has published numerous essays, book chapters and journal articles.  Since 2003, Eskew has served as the lead scholar on 12 separately funded National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshops for Schoolteachers as well as two Teaching American History Grants.  He has lectured widely on southern topics across the United States and in Japan, China, Korea, South Africa, Argentina, and Germany.   Eskew is a member of numerous professional organizations—having served as an officer and committee member in several—and he actively supports historic preservation.  In recognition of Eskew’s “scholarly attainment, excellence in teaching, and/or encouragement of the study of history,” the Georgia Association of Historians bestowed on him its Hugh McCall Award in 2015.