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Ph.D., Emory University, 2009

M.A., Emory University, 2007

B.A., University of Michigan, 2002



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 in Ann Arbor (2002), and his MA (2007) and Ph.D. (2009) in History from Emory University in Atlanta. 

His first book is a study of waterfront labor and laborers in Charleston, South Carolina, between 1783 and 1861, entitled Working on the Dock of the Bay: Labor and Enterprise in an Antebellum Southern Port (University of South Carolina Press, April 2015).  Thompson’s manuscript for this project was awarded the 2011 Hines Prize from the College of Charleston’s Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW). 

Other peer-reviewed publications include book chapters in Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America (University of Pennsylvania Press, February 2015) and The Irish in the Atlantic World (University of South Carolina Press, 2010).  Mike also has reviewed books for the Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Southern History, and South Carolina Historical Magazine

Meanwhile, Thompson has presented his research at over a dozen professional conferences and institutions, and his scholarship has attracted the generous support of numerous grants and fellowships.  Mike now is working on a project that examines the impact of racialized perceptions of disease susceptibility on labor and working people in the urban antebellum South. 

Thompson offers courses at UTC on Colonial and Revolutionary America (HIST 3350), the U.S. Early National Period (HIST 3360), the History of the Old South (HIST 3900), and the History of American Slavery (HIST 4310).  Mike also teaches the American history survey to 1865 (HIST 2010) and the department’s seminar on historical methods, research, and writing (HIST 3010), and he has directed three Departmental Honors Thesis projects (HIST 4995). 

Thompson currently is serving on the Editorial Board of the University of Tennessee Press, UTC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the university’s Faculty Development Grants Committee.  Mike advised the History Club from 2010-2015, and will serve as the History Department’s Internship Coordinator beginning in 2015-2016.  During the summer of 2015 he will score U.S. History Advanced Placement (AP) examinations for the second time, and participate in a two-week National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute on “Slavery in the American Republic: From Constitution to Civil War” in Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia.



History 2010: United States History to 1865

History 3010: Seminars in History

History 3350: Colonial and Revolutionary America

History 3360: U.S. Early National Period

History 3900: History of the Old South

History 4310: History of American Slavery

History 4995: Departmental Honors Thesis