Professor Edgar uses an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of the history of the American South and South Carolina.
holding a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Publications
Commission, he joined the faculty at USC in 1972. Professor Edgar
teaches several interdisciplinary honors seminars on the American
South, undergraduate and graduate courses on South Carolina history,
and a graduate seminar on Southern Cultural history. His publications
include The South Carolina Encyclopedia, South Carolina: A History,
Partisans and Redcoats: The Southern Conflict that Turned the Tide
of the American
South Carolina in the Modern Age, and several edited works, Renaissance
Man: Essays on Robert Penn Warren and The Letterbook of Robert Pringle.
He was the founder and first director of the department's highly
acclaimed Public History Program. In addition to his departmental responsibilities,
Professor Edgar directs the interdisciplinary Institute for Southern
Studies and hosts a statewide program on South Carolina Educational Radio: “Walter Edgar’s Journal,” a look at contemporary events in context.
In the Spring of 2010 I will conclude a three year cycle of public lectures on South Carolina history. This year’s series, “Old South Carolina/New South Carolina” covers South Carolina history from 1860 to 2010.
Professor Edgar's c.v. is located here.