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Our Faculty

  HPPA FACULTY 9-2-2014

The department of history, political science, philosophy & American studies boasts a faculty of outstanding scholars with a wide range of research and teaching interests. Learn more about the faculty members who teach in the following academic areas:

History Faculty

Paul GradyPaul Grady
Associate Professor
Early Colonial America, Spanish American
Borderlands, Atlantic World, South Carolina
B.A. Tennessee Tech University
M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ph.D. College of William and Mary
Carmen HarrisCarmen Harris
U.S. History, Southern, Agriculture,
African-American, South and Latin America
B.S., M.A. Clemson University
Ph.D. Michigan State University
Carol LoarCarol Loar
Department Chair

Medieval and Early Modern Europe,
Britain, History of Science,
Women's History
B.S. University of Nebraska
Ph.D. Northwestern University 
Rob McCormick

Rob McCormick  
Associate Dean 

Modern Europe, War Criminality,
Eastern Europe
B.A. Wake Forest University
M.A. University of South Carolina
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Tammy PikeTammy Pike
World War II, Oral History,
Women's History
B.A. University of South Carolina Upstate
M.A. University of South Carolina
Nicole RichardsonNicole Richardson
Assistant Professor
Modern China, East Asia, Women's History,

Gender and Medicine
B.A. University of Puget Sound
M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Davis

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Adjunct History Faculty

No Image AvailableSara Boggs
Modern Europe
Military History
B.A. College of St. Teresa
M.A. Columbia University 
Alice HendersonAlice Henderson
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
U.S. History, Europe, Women's History
A.B. Earlham College
M.A. Western State College of Colorado
Ph.D. University of Michigan
No Image AvailableKevin Krause 
Populist & Progressive Eras,
South Carolina
B.A. University of South Carolina Upstate

M.A. Clemson University
Ph.D. University of Georgia 

Lori Whitmire headshotLori Whitmire
Modern U.S. History
Southern U.S. History
Military History
Women's History
B.A., M.A., History, University of Kentucky
ABD, History, University of Kentucky
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Political Science Faculty

Abe GoldbergAbraham Goldberg
Associate Professor
Co-Director, Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement
Urban Planning and Policy,
Public Policy, Public Administration
B.A. Ohio University
M.A., Ph.D. West Virginia University  
No Image AvailableScott Harris
Assistant Professor
American Politics, Judicial Politics, Political Theory
B.A. George Washington University
J.D. George Mason University School of Law
M.A., Ph.D. West Virginia University  
Allison PingleyAllison Pingley
Associate Professor
American Government,
Presidency, Political Behavior
B.A. University of South Florida
M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida 
Matthew PlacekMatthew Placek
Assistant Professor
Comparative Politics, Democratization and Comparative Political Behavior
B.A. University of South Alabama
M.A., Ph.D. University of Mississippi  

T RubenzerTrevor Rubenzer
Associate Professor
International Relations,
Foreign Policy
B.A. University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
M.A. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
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Adjunct Political Science Faculty

No Image AvailableJohn Bies
Latin American Politics,
International Relations
B.S. State University of New York Buffalo
M.S. State University of New York Buffalo
M.A. University of Memphis
Ph.D. University of Missouri
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Philosophy Faculty 

Richard CombesRichard Combes
Associate Professor
Ethics, Philosophy of Mind,
B.A. Eisenhower College
Ph.D.University of Iowa
Jim GriffisJim Griffis
Associate Professor
Ancient Philosophy, Game
Theory, Rationality
B.A. Wabash College
Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo
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Adjunct Philosophy Faculty 

Ben McCrawBen McCraw
Philosophy of Religion,
B.A. Wofford College
Ph.D. University of Georgia
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American Studies Faculty

Andrew MyersAndrew Myers
U.S. South,
Military-Social Relations
B.A. Davidson College
M.A. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of Virginia
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Religion Faculty

Dave DamrelDavid Damrel
Associate Professor
Islam, Asian Religions,
Comparative Religion
B.A., M.A. University of Texas
Ph.D. Duke University
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Adjunct Religion Faculty 

Rabbi_Yossi_LiebowitzYossi Liebowitz
Hebrew Literature, Interfaith Relations,
Judaica, Film Studies, Folk Music

B.A. California State University Northridge
M.A.H.L. Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
D.D. Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion


Kirk Neely
Christian Spirituality, Theology
B.A. Furman University
M.Div. Southern Theological Seminary
D.Min. Southern Theological Seminary
Post-doctoral Merrill Fellow, Harvard Divinity School

Dennis Teall-FlemingDennis Teall-Fleming
Comparative Religion, Biblical Literature,
Contemporary U.S. Religion
B.A. Xavier University
M.Div. Emory University
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Department Chair
Dr. Carol Loar

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USC Upstate
Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy & American Studies
Media, Room 102
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5795
Fax: 864-503-5890
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