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About Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

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.


Present Professor, Department of History, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Present Vice Provost and Dean for Graduate Studies, University of South Carolina - Columbia

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

19th and 20th Century United States, The American South, and Political Thought

Honors and Awards

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow, 2000-2001
  • American Philosophical Society Research and Travel Fellowship, 1994-1995
  • Mellon Summer Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, 1993
  • American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellow, 1991-1992
  • South Carolina Historical Society Award- best article published in South Carolina Historical Magazine, 1995
  • Robert D. Ochs Award, 1991
  • Donald Russell Award for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 1990
  • Francis Butler Simkins Award, 1989
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow, 1986-1987
  • American Philosophical Society Research Fellow, Summer, 1986
  • Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, 1983

Contact Information

Office: 243 Gambrell Hall
(803) 777-6689


Articles (20)

Books (3)

Book Reviews (29)