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Kent Germany

Associate Professor of History and African American Studies

Office: 226 Gambrell Hall
Degrees: B.A. Louisiana Tech University
M.A. Louisiana Tech University
Ph.D. Tulane University
Phone: (803) 777-9587
Research Interests: Modern U.S., American South, Politics, African American
Curriculum vitae: Download PDF


In 2006, Germany joined the Department of History and the African American Studies Program after several years on the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, where he led the LBJ project, co-founded the award-winning website, and served as a host of For The Record, a nationally distributed PBS interview program on politics and history. At South Carolina, his teaching and research have focused on a wide range of topics including the civil rights movement, presidential politics, recent U.S. history, African American history, and oral and documentary history.

Selected Publications:

New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society (Georgia, 2007).
Finalist for the 2008 Organization of American Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for best book on the struggle for civil rights.
“The Politics of Poverty and History,” Journal of American History (December 2007)
“Historians and the Many Lyndon Johnsons,” Journal of Southern History (November 2009)
The Kennedy Assassination and the Transfer of Power, Co-editor, (Norton, 2005)
Toward the Great Society, Co-editor (Norton, 2007)
Mississippi Burning and the Civil Rights Act, Co-editor, (forthcoming 2010)
LBJ and Civil Rights: The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition, Editor, (forthcoming 2010)

Current Activities 

He is currently conducting research for separate projects on Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, on Hurricane Katrina, and on the concept of “political genius.”