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About K. Stephen Prince

My book, Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915 (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), offers a reconceptualization of the period between the end of the Civil War and the rise of Jim Crow segregation, centered on the changing visions of the South at play in U.S. culture. Stories of the South uses sources drawn from the period’s print, visual, and performance culture to analyze the ways in which southern identity was reconfigured in the wake of the Civil War. More than this, it argues for the centrality of southern identity to the rise and fall of racial democracy in the South. The character of the South – as negotiated by northerners and southerners of both races – may well have been the central question of the post-war era. Stories of the South was selected as sole runner-up for the 2015 Book Prize of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. For more on my book, click here.

My second book project, titled The Ballad of Robert Charles: Race, Violence, and Memory in the Jim Crow South, explores the New Orleans race riot of July 1900. When a black man named Robert Charles killed several white police officers, white residents of New Orleans sought revenge. Over several days of rioting, they injured dozens of African Americans and killed at least five. The riot quickly became a national and international story, as commentators attempted to shape popular understandings of events in New Orleans. Because so little was known about Robert Charles prior to July 1900, he proved an ideal vessel for larger conversations about race, citizenship, power, and violence. For this reason, the Robert Charles riot offers historians an important vantage from which to consider both the intellectual work of turn-of-the-century white supremacy and African American strategies of cultural resistance. More generally, the story presents an extraordinary canvas on which to study the possibilities and limits of the historical imagination. Fellowships from the Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South (Tulane University) have funded this research. The Ballad of Robert Charles will be published by the University of North Carolina Press.

I am also the author of Radical Reconstruction: A Brief History with Documents, published by Bedford-St. Martin's as part of the Bedford Series in History and Culture in 2015. For more information, click here

Click here to see a talk I delivered on Stories of the South as part of the University of South Florida Humanities Institute's "From Civil War to Civil Rights" lecture series in February 2015.


Present Associate Professor, University of South Florida


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - 2019 Membership Committee, Southern Historical Association
2018 - 2019 Faculty Advisory Board, University of South Florida Humanities Institute
2017 - 2019 Editorial Board, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
2016 - 2019 Member, University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Council
2016 - 2017 Florida Historical Marker Council, Florida Department of State
2011 - 2014 Co-Review Editor, H-SHGAPE
2010 - 2014 Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta, University of South Florida
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Honors and Awards

  • Sole Runner-Up, 2015 Society for U.S. Intellectual History Book Prize, for Stories of the South
  • USF Ambassadors Apple Polishing Award (for excellence in mentorship and teaching), 2013
  • Theron Rockwell Field Prize, Yale University, 2010
  • George Washington Egleston Historical Prize, Yale University History Department, 2010


2010 Ph.D., Yale University
2007 M.Phil., Yale University
2006 M.A., Yale University
2004 B.A., Oberlin College

Contact Information

Office: SOC 211
Phone: (813) 974-2807
Fax: (813) 974-6228


Books (1)

Edited Collections (1)

Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed) (6)

Journal Articles (3)

Conference Proceedings (3)

Book Reviews (5)

Non-refereed Chapters and Articles (5)