David C. Dennard


David C. Dennard
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Phone: 252-328-4364
Office: Brewster A220
Fax: 252-328-6774


David C. Dennard specializes in the social and cultural history of the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He holds a B.S. from Fort Valley State College, an M.A. from Atlanta University, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. As director of the Institute for Historical and Cultural Research since 1999, he has worked extensively with museums and historic sites in North Carolina, and is affiliated with a number of current boards and organizations. In 2001, Governor Michael F. Easley appointed Dennard to the Historic Bath Commission, a board that provides leadership for the oldest town in the state of North Carolina. He is a current member of the executive council for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Dennard has published short articles and essays in the St. James Guide to Biography, the Research Guide to American Historical Biography, The Journal of Negro History, The North Carolina Historical Review, and The Journal of Southern History. He served as an advisor and contributor to Richard C. Scheider, ed., African American History in the Press, 1851-1899. Dennard was also a member of the editorial review board for James L. Leloudis’s, ed., North Carolina (2003) and a 2001 manuscript reviewer for the University Press of Florida.

Dennard’s current research projects include revision of a book-length manuscript on “Black Preachers in the Antebellum South, 1800-1865,” “A Study of African Americans in North Carolina During the American Civil War,” and “A People’s History of Middle Georgia Juke Joints.”

Courses Offered:

HIST 1050: American History to 1877
HIST 3110: History of African Americans
HIST 5140: The Old South
HIST 5230: Themes in African American History