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Scot A. French

Scot A. French, Ph.D.

Scot A. French is a digital public historian specializing in the study of cultural landscapes and sites of memory associated with 19th- and 20th-century African American and Southern history. He is author of The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) and lead author (with Craig Barton and Peter Flora) of Booker T. Washington Elementary School and Segregated Education in Virginia (National Park Service, 2007). 

He has contributed essays to several edited volumes, including Jeffersonian Legacies, ed. Peter S. Onuf (University of Virginia Press, 1993); Media, Culture, and the Modern African American Freedom Struggleed. Brian Ward (University Press of Florida, 2001); Pride Overcomes Prejudice: A History of Charlottesville’s African American School (JSAAHC, 2013)and Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory, eds. Andrew Lichtenstein and Alex Lichtenstein (West Virginia University Press, 2017).  

A film based on his research, "That World is Gone: Race and Displacement in a Southern Town," won Audience Favorite, Best Short Documentary, at the Virginia Film Festival (2010). That same year, he received the University of Virginia's Black Community Advocate Award from the Black Student Alliance, Black Leadership Institute, and the U.Va. chapter of the NAACP. 

French received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia in 2000. As associate director of UVA’s Carter G. Woodson Institute (1997-2006), he co-directed the Ford Foundation-funded Center for the Study of Local Knowledge and continued its work as director of the Virginia Center for Digital History (2006-2010). 

Today, at the University of Central Florida, he is an Associate Professor of History, Director of Public History, and Interim Co-Director of the Center for Humanities and Digital Research. He is a core faculty member in UCF's Texts and Technology Ph.D. program and a founding member and chair of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (fldh.org). He serves on the Academics Committee of the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts & Culture and the National Advisory Board to the University of Virginia's President's Commission on Slavery and the University. He was recently invited to serve on the jury for the Charlottesville: Identity and Ideas competition. 

Education

  • Ph.D. in History from University of Virginia (2000)

Research Interests

  • Digital and Public History
  • Community Studies/Local Knowledge
  • Sites of Memory
  • Southern History
  • African American History
  • Atlantic World/African Diaspora

Selected Publications

Books

  • Scot A. French, The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004)

Films

  • Scot A. French, Hannah Brown Ayers, and Lance Warren, That World is Gone: Race & Displacement in a Southern Town (Field Studio, 2010). Winner, Audience Favorite Award for Best Short Documentary, Virginia Film Festival, Nov. 4-7, 2010.

Edited Collections

  • Scot A. French, “African American Civic Activism and the Making of Jefferson High School, 1865-1926,” in Pride Overcomes Prejudice: A History of Charlottesville’s African American School (Charlottesville, Va.: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 2013): 31-72.
  • Scot A. French, “Mau-Mauing the Filmmakers: Should Black Power Take the Rap for Killing ‘Nat Turner,’ the Movie?” in Media, Culture, and the Modern African American Freedom Struggle, ed. Brian Ward (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001): 233-254.
  • Scot A. French and Edward L. Ayers, “The Strange Career of Thomas Jefferson: Race and Slavery in American Memory, 1943-1993,” in Peter S. Onuf, ed., Jeffersonian Legacies (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993): 418-45.

Articles/Essays

  • Bill Ferster, David Staley, and Scot French, "Visual Historiography: Visualizing 'The Literature of a Field,'" Journal of Digital Humanities, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 2014).
  • Scot A. French, "The Confessions of Nat Turner, 1831” and “The Confessions of Nat Turner, 1967,” Encyclopedia Virginia (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2009).
  • Scot A. French, “What is Social Memory?” Southern Cultures 2 (Fall 1995): 9-18.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Scot A. French, "Cabin Pond," in Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory, eds, Andrew Lichtenstein and Alex Lichtenstein (West Virginia University, 2017).

Book Reviews

  • Scot A. French, review of The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt, by Patrick H. Breen (Oxford University Press, 2016). Journal of American History, Vol. 104, No. 1 (June 2017): 185-186.
  • Scot A. French, review of The Birth of a Nation, directed by Nate Parker (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2016). The Public Historian, Vol. 39, No. 2 (May 2017): 99-103.
  • Scot A. French, review of Nat Turner and the Rising in Southampton County, by David F. Allmendinger Jr. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Journal of American History, Vol. 102, No. 2 (Dec. 2015): 555-556.
  • Scot A. French, review of Bourbon Street: A History (Louisiana State University Press, 2014), by Richard Campanella. Journal of Southern History, Vol. 81, No. 4 (Nov. 2015): 960-961.
  • Scot A. French, review of Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination, by Salamishah Tillet. Journal of American History, Vol. 100, No. 1 (Mar. 2013): 301-302.
  • Scot A. French, review of The Horrible Gift of Freedom: Atlantic Slavery and the Representation of Emancipation, by Marcus Wood. Journal of American History, Vol. 97, No. 4 (Mar. 2011): 1189.
  • Scot A. French, review of Defining Moments: African American Commemoration and Political Culture in the South, 1863–1913, by Kathleen Ann Clark Journal of American History, Vol. 93, No. 3 (Dec. 2006): 879-880.
  • Scot A. French, review of Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740, by Anthony S. Parent. Journal of Social History, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Winter 2005): 556-558.

Miscellaneous Publications

  • Scot A. French et al., Booker T. Washington Elementary School and Segregated Education in Virginia (Washington, D.C.: Department of Interior, 2007).

Awards

2017 Winter Park Magazine "Most Influential People" Award, recognizing French's work as an historian researching African American community life in Central Florida

2014 Burke Brown Steppe Chapter, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Virginia, Award for Outstanding Service to the Community

2010 Black Community Advocate Award, presented by the University of Virginia's Black Student Alliance, Black Leadership Institute, and the UVA chapter of the NAACP

2010 Winner, Audience Favorite, Best Short Documentary, Virginia Film Festival, That World is Gone: Race and Displacement in a Southern Town

2005 Honorable Mention, Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory (Houghton Mifflin, 2004). Hosted by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights at the University of Arkansas, this competition recognizes works of scholarship and literature that "extend our understanding of the root causes of bigotry and the range of options we as humans have in constructing alternative ways to share power."

Activities

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11358 ENG6801 Texts & Technology in History Face2Face Tu 6:00PM - 8:50PM Unavailable
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91400 AMH3402 History of the South to 1865 Rdce Time M 3:00PM - 4:15PM Unavailable
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80125 HIS4944 Internship in Public History Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
81337 HIS4944 Internship in Public History Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50006 HIS4944 Internship in Public History Face2Face C 12:00AM - 1:00AM Unavailable
No Description Available
50744 HIS4944 Internship in Public History Face2Face C 12:00AM - 12:00AM Unavailable
No Description Available
50918 HIS4944 Internship in Public History Face2Face B - Unavailable
No Description Available
51019 HIS4944 Internship in Public History Face2Face A - Unavailable
No Description Available
51020 HIS4944 Internship in Public History Web C - Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11496 ENG6801 Texts & Technology in History Face2Face Tu 6:00PM - 8:50PM Unavailable
No Description Available
11425 HIS4944 Internship in Public History Face2Face 12:00AM - 12:00AM Unavailable
No Description Available
11426 HIS4944 Internship in Public History Face2Face 12:00AM - 12:00AM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80449 AMH2010 U.S. History: 1492-1877 Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Unavailable
No Description Available
80125 HIS4944 Internship in Public History Face2Face 12:00AM - 12:00AM Unavailable
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 5, 2018