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About Drew A. Swanson

Drew Swanson was Professor of History at Wright State, where he taught classes in environmental history, food, 19th century America, and public history. Born in rural Virginia, he is a graduate of the University of Georgia and worked as a farmer, zookeeper, and natural resource manager before turning to academia.  
Swanson's research examines the intersections of nature and culture in the American South.  He is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters, as well as three books: Beyond the Mountains: Commodifying Appalachian Environments (University of Georgia Press, 2018), A Golden Weed: Tobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South (Yale University Press, 2014), and Remaking Wormsloe Plantation: The Environmental History of a Lowcountry Landscape (University of Georgia Press, 2012).  He is currently working on a history of Reconstruction and its memory in the rural South and a book on the consumer culture of American hunting.
Swanson's research and teaching have won numerous awards.  Most recently he received WSU Phi Alpha Theta's Outstanding Professor honor, the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Prize from the Agricultural History Society, the John Inscoe Award from the Georgia Historical Society, and the University's Presidential Early Career Achievement Award.

He lives with his family in Yellow Springs.


July 2022 Professor, Wright State University History
Associate Professor, Wright State University History
Graduate Director, Wright State University Public History

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Millett Hall 362
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
(937) 775-3111


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