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Michael D. Thompson is a UC Foundation Assistant Professor of American History.  He joined the UTC History Department in 2009, and specializes in the history of the American South and slavery, as well as early American social, labor, and maritime history.  Mike earned his BA in History from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 2002, and his MA (2007) and Ph.D. (2009) in History from Emory University in Atlanta.  His current manuscript project is entitled Working on the Dock of the Bay: Labor and Life along Charleston’s Waterfront, 1783-1861, which is under contract for publication with the University of South Carolina Press.  Working on the Dock of the Bay was awarded the 2011 Hines Prize from the College of Charleston’s Program in the Lowcountry and the Atlantic World (CLAW).   

Dr. Thompson teaches upper-division courses on Colonial and Revolutionary America (HIST 3350), the U.S. Early National Period (HIST 3360), the History of the South (HIST 3430), and the Old South (HIST 3900), and intends to offer advanced-level courses on American slavery, labor, and maritime history.  He also teaches the American history survey to 1865 (HIST 2010), as well as the department’s seminar on historical methods, research, and writing (HIST 3010).  Mike is the faculty advisor of the History Club.

Dr. Thompson's Vita