Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2017
M.A., Western Carolina University, 2012
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003
Luke Manget's research focuses on how the interaction between nature and culture has shaped the history of the American South, specifically the southern Appalachian Mountains. His dissertation examines the rise and decline of the botanical drug trade in the southern mountains. It illustrates how Appalachia's biodiversity, the commons culture of its residents, and the entrepreneurial imagination of its merchants turned the region into the epicenter for the trade in medicinal plants indigenous to North America. This particular interaction of markets, local culture, and ecology channeled environmental and cultural change in different directions. Luke's scholarship has been published in Environmental History, Appalachian Journal, and Ohio Valley History. His current project examines the evolution of common rights in the southern countryside, how they shaped class, race, and gender relations, and how and why they were curtailed and renegotiated in the post-Civil-War era.
U.S. History since 1865
Rhetoric and Writing in History
Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Georgia Graduate School, 2017
Residential Fellowship, Winterthur Museum, Gardens, and Library, Winterthur, DE, 2015-2016
Exploratory Research Grant, Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE, 2016
Graduate Research Award, Willson Center, University of Georgia, 2015-2016
Archie K. Davis Fellowship, North Caroliniana Society, 2014
Amanda and Greg Gregory Fellowship, UGA History Department, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017
“Ginseng, China, and the Transformation of the Ohio Valley, 1783-1840," Ohio Valley History (forthcoming, fall 2017).
“Community and the Commons: Fence Laws, Land, and Identity in Postbellum Appalachia," in Steven E. Nash and Bruce Stewart, eds., Southern Communities: Identity, Conflict, and Memory in the Nineteenth-Century American South (forthcoming, spring 2018).
“Nature's Emporium: The Botanical Drug Trade and the Commons Tradition in Southern Appalachia," Environmental History, Vol. 21, No. 4 (October 2016), 660-687.
“Sanging in the Mountains: The Ginseng Economy in the Southern Appalachians, 1865-1900," Appalachian Journal, Vol. 40, Nos 1-2 (Fall 2012/Winter 2013), 28-55.
“Backcountry Loyalty: How a Forged Letter Turned the Tide of the American Revolution in the South," Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review, Vol. 23 (spring 2012), 78-101.