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Dr. Laura Davis - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Laura Davis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

History, Geography, and Philosophy, Department of

Education and Certifications

B.A., History, Cornell University, 2004
M.S., Curriculum & Instruction, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2007
M.A., History, George Mason University, 2009
Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate, University of Georgia, 2012
Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Georgia, 2013
Certificate in Academic Advising, University of Georgia, 2014
Ph.D., History, University of Georgia, 2016


Dr. Laura June Davis's teaching and research focus on American history through the long 19th century, with an emphasis on gender, identity, community, and the military. Her current manuscript project focuses on sabotage, irregular naval warfare, and masculinity during the Civil War. She is also working on articles about 19th century dueling culture in the U.S. navy, memory & commemoration within the Confederate Navy, and Civil War era confiscation.

Dr. Davis joined the Columbus State University faculty in the Fall of 2023, where she will be teaching courses in American history, 19th century U.S. history, historical methods and research, military/naval history, and gender history. Prior to coming to CSU, she taught seven years at Southern Utah University, earning the rank of Associate Professor. There, she taught HIST 1700: American Civilizations, courses on 19th Century American history, the Civil War & Reconstruction, American Slavery, Gender & Women's history, Women's Studies, and Social Studies Education. She also served as the Co-Chair of the Women and Gender Studies program and the departmental coordinator of the History Education & Social Science Teaching Composite programs.

Academic Areas

US history
19th century US history
Civil War history
Naval/Maritime history
Gender history & Women's history
Women and Gender Studies
Military history
Social Studies/History education

Research Interests

Civil War era/19th century US history
Naval/Maritime history
irregular warfare
military history
gender history

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