The study of cultural landscapes and sites related to Southern and African histories

Scot French, a digital historian, is an expert in the study of cultural landscapes and sites related to Southern and African histories.

In May 2000, he was awarded his doctorate from the University of Virginia. He was the UVA Carter G. Woodson Institute’s associate director from 1997-2006 and continued his work at the Virginia Center for Digital History, 2006-2010. He is now Associate Professor of History at University of Central Florida, and Director of Public History. He also serves as the Associate Director for Center for Humanities and Digital Research. He is a core faculty of UCF’s Texts and Technology Ph.D. program. He is also a founding member (2014-19) and second-term Chair (2016-19) of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium.

French is also the author of Rebellious Slave. Nat Turner and American Memory (Houghton Mifflin, 2004). He was also the co-author of Booker T. Washington Elementary school, and Segregated Education In Virginia(National Park Service 2007). He has also contributed essays to several edited books, including Jeffersonian Legacies. Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia Press 1993; Culture and the Modern African American Freedom Strauggle.ed. Brian Ward (University Press of Florida, 2001); Pride Overcomes Privilege. History of Charlottesville’s African American Schools (JSAAHC 2013, 2013); and Marked. Unmarked. Remembered. American Memory. eds. Andrew Lichtenstein and Alex Lichtenstein (West Virginia University Press, 2017).

His research inspired “That World is Gone”, Race and Displacement Within a Southern Town. It won Audience Favorite and Best Short documentary at the Virginia Film Festival (2010). The University of Virginia Black Student Alliance, Black Leadership Institute and University of Virginia awarded him the Black Community Advocate Award. NAACP chapter.


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