Teaches nineteenth and twentieth century southern history.
Professor Ford’s scholarship has earned a number of national and regional awards. In 1989 the Southern Historical Association awarded Ford its Francis Butler Simkins Book Prize for his Origins of Southern Radicalism: The South Carolina Upcountry, 1800-1860 (Oxford University Press, 1988). In 1984, Ford won the Louis Pelzer Prize awarded by the Organization of American Historians for his article “Rednecks and Merchants: Economic Development and Social Tensions in the South Carolina Upcountry, 1865-1900,”in the Journal of American History (1984). In addition to these professional awards, Ford has won three prestigious national research grants. Twice Ford has held a coveted National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship (1986-87, 2000-01), and during the 1991-92 academic year, he was an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellow. Ford’s edited volume on the Civil War era, The Blackwell Companion to Civil War and Reconstruction, appeared in Blackwell’s highly-regarded Companion series in January 2005. Additionally, Ford has published more than twenty articles and essays in scholarly journals, including the Journal of Southern History, Journal of American History, Journal of the Early Republic, Agricultural History, Reviews in American History, and others.
Professor Ford's new book, Deliver Us From Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South (Oxford University Press, 2009) has appeared to critical claim. One historian called it “the most detailed and penetrating analysis of the ideology and public policy of American slavery ever written.” Click on this link for more information on Deliver Us From Evil. Ford’s other recent publications include “Reconfiguring the Old South: ‘Solving’ the Problem of Slavery, 1787-1838,” which appeared in the Journal of American History (June 2008), an article the JAH featured on its “Teaching the JAH” interactive website, “Democracy and Its Consequences in Antebellum America,” published in the Journal of Southern History (February 2008), and “Economic Development and Globalization in South Carolina,” in Southern Cultures (Spring 2007). He is currently working on a brief study of the southern Protestant outreach to slaves in the American South during the 1840s and the opposition of many whites to that movement.