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Mark S. Schantz

Mark S. Schantz

Professor of History

Mark S. SchantzOffice:

Berte Humanities Building 325

Contact Information:

Box 549031
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4857
Office Fax: (205) 226-3089

Brief Career Background:

Mark Schantz is an American social and cultural historian who came to Birmingham-Southern College in 2009, after teaching history at Hendrix College from 1991 to 2009.

Educational Background:

B.A. The George Washington University, 1977. Phi Beta Kappa.
M. Div. Yale University, 1981.
Ph.D. in History, Emory University, 1991

Areas of Academic Interest:

My academic interests in American history are broad, encompassing aspects of social and cultural history from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

Research Interests:

Past books include Piety in Providence: The Class Dimensions of Religious Experience in Antebellum Rhode Island (Cornell University Press, 2000) and Awaiting the Heavenly Country: The Civil War and America's Culture of Death (Cornell University Press, 2008). I am currently researching a project on the murder of a Union Army officer by a Confederate civilian during the American Civil War.

Courses Taught:

HI 222, Why We should Care about the Puritans

HON 303, The History of Death in America

HON 233, W. E. B. Du Bois and American History
An introduction to the life and thought of one of America's foremost public intellectuals, W.E.B. Du Bois. Students will cover essential facts about Du Bois' life and work and be able to situate his arguments and their significance in the broader currents of American history. Prerequisite: Harrison Honors Program.

IDS 115, History and Film
An investigation of films on historical topics that explores the differences between how history is presented on film and how it is presented in more traditional, written sources.