Drew Swanson (2021)

COLA Outstanding Research Award
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The author of three monographs and dozens of shorter articles, chapters, and reviews, Drew Swanson is a respected authority on the history of the American South.

Dr. Swanson’s wide-ranging and influential research addresses environmental history in relation to race, gender, labor, and land in the South and Appalachia. His first book,  Remaking Wormsloe Plantation: The Environmental History of a Lowcountry

Landscape, won awards from both the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council. Widely regarded as an expert in environmental history, he is frequently invited to deliver talks and his work is often cited. His award-winning second book, A Golden Weed: Tobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South has been called “environmental history at its best.”


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