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School of Arts & Humanities Faculty

Dr. Ken Wheeler
Kenneth H. Wheeler
Professor of History

President, Georgia Association of Historians (2014-2015)

Contact Information: 

Office: Tarpley 115
7300 Reinhardt Circle
Waleska GA 30183

Academic Degrees:
A.B.   Earlham College
M.A., Ph.D.  Ohio State University

Teaching Interests:  Dr. Wheeler teaches a variety of courses in American history, including:

HIS 251, American History to 1865

HIS 252, American History since 1865

HIS 350, Colonial and Revolutionary America

HIS 354, Civil War & Reconstruction

HIS 356, America from 1900 to 1945

HIS 358, America since 1945

HIS 374, History of Georgia

HIS 380, Religion in America

HIS 377, American Feminism

IDS 309, Teaching and Learning: Education in America

IDS 317, Town and Gown: Local History and Culture


  • Faculty Research & Scholarship Award (2012)
  • United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award (2009)
  • Elizabeth Moss Bailey Faculty Mentor Award (2008)
  • Vulcan Excellence in Teaching Award (2004)
  • Captain A.M. Reinhardt Award (2004)

Scholarly Interests and Publications:  Dr. Wheeler studies regional identity, the history of education, and social and industrial development in the Lower South, especially the Etowah Valley.  Publications include:

  • Cultivating Regionalism: Higher Education and the Making of the American Midwest (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011)

Essays and Articles:

  • “How the Midwest Encountered the Coming of Mass Consumer Culture,” in Mapping Midwestern Minds: Essays on the Intellectual History of the American Midwest (forthcoming, Wisconsin History Society Press)
  • “Universalism and the Dissenting Tradition in the Deep South,” Journal of Unitarian-Universalist History (forthcoming)
  • with Jennifer Lee Cowart, “Who Was the Real Gus Coggins?: Social Struggle and Criminal Mystery in Cherokee County, 1912-1927,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 97 (Winter, 2013): 411-446

  • with G. Richard Wright, “New Men in the Old South: Joseph E. Brown and his Associates in Georgia’s Etowah Valley,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 93 (Winter, 2009): 363-387

  • “Higher Education in the Antebellum Ohio Valley: Slavery, Sectionalism, and the Erosion of Regional Identity,” Ohio Valley History 8 (Spring, 2008): 1-22

  • with Randolph Roth, et al., “The Historical Violence Database: A Collaborative research Project on the History of Violent Crime, Violent Death, and Collective Violence,” Historical Methods 41 (Spring, 2008): 81-98

  • “How Colleges Shaped a Public Culture of Usefulness,” 105-121, in Center of a Great Empire: The Ohio Country in the Early American Republic, Andrew R. L. Cayton and Stuart D. Hobbs, eds., Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005

  • “Philander Chase and College Building in Ohio,” 72-83, in Builders of Ohio: A Biographical History, Warren Van Tine and Michael Pierce, eds., Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2003

  • “Local Autonomy and Civil War Draft Resistance: Holmes County, Ohio,” Civil War History 45 (June, 1999): 147-159

  • “Infanticide in Nineteenth-Century Ohio,” Journal of Social History 31 (Winter, 1997): 407-418

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