J. brent morris, PhD


J. Brent Morris is Professor of History and Humanities Department Chair at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and Director of the USCB Institute for the Study of the Reconstruction Era. His book Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America was published by UNC Press in 2014, and won the Henry Howe Prize for outstanding historical monograph. He is also the author of Yes Lord I Know the Road: A Documentary History of African Americans in South Carolina, 1526-2008 and A South Carolina Chronology, 1497-2020 (with Walter Edgar and C. James Taylor), published in 2017 and 2020, respectively, by USC Press, and forthcoming books Dismal Freedom: A History of the Maroons of the Great Dismal Swamp, ‚Äč The Changing Palmetto State (UNC Press), A New History of South Carolina from WWII to the Present (co-authored with Walter Edgar; USC Press),  and Reconstruction at 150: Reassessing the Revolutionary New Birth of Freedom (with Orville Vernon Burton; UVA Press). His scholarship has also been published in the New York Times, the American Historical ReviewSlavery & AbolitionCivil War History, the Journal of Southern History,  the Journal of African American History, Southern Studies, and the South Carolina Historical Magazine. Brent was the 2010 recipient of the South Carolina Historical Society's Malcolm C. Clark Award, was named 2016 University of South Carolina Breakthrough Star for Research and Scholarship (the most prestigious scholarly award for junior faculty in the USC system), 2016 American Alliance of Museums Gold MUSE award winner (Digital Communities), and the 2018 Award of the Order of the South, the highest award bestowed by the Southern Academy of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. He is currently a USC System Academic Leadership Fellow (2020-22).