Brent Morris Ph.D.J. Brent Morris Ph.D.

Professor, History
Chair, Department of Humanities
Bluffton campus
Hargray 213

Brent Morris is Professor of History and Humanities Department Chair at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and Director of the USCB Institute for the Study of the Reconstruction Era. His book Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America was published by UNC Press in 2014, and won the Henry Howe Prize for outstanding historical monograph. He is also the author of Yes Lord I Know the Road: A Documentary History of African Americans in South Carolina, 1526-2008 published in 2017 by USC Press, and forthcoming books Dismal Freedom: A History of the Maroons of the Great Dismal Swamp, (edited with Orville Vernon Burton) Reconstruction at 150: Reassessing the New Birth of Freedom,  and, co-authored with Walter B. Edgar, The Changing Palmetto State: A New History if South Carolina, 1945-present. He has also published articles and reviews in the New York Times, the American Historical Review, Civil War History, the Journal of Southern History,  the Journal of African American History, Southern Studies, and the South Carolina Historical Magazine. Brent was the 2010 recipient of the South Carolina Historical Society's Malcolm C. Clark Award, was named 2016 University of South Carolina Breakthrough Star for Research and Scholarship (the most prestigious scholarly award for junior faculty in the USC system), and the 2018 Award of the Order of the South, the highest award bestowed by the Southern Academy of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.


Ph.D., Cornell University