Department of History
Evan P. Bennett
Ph.D. ,The College of William and Mary
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise
United States since 1865
African American History
United States, 1763-1877
Southern History
Rural History
Modern Latin America
History of Florida
faculty photo Evan Bennett is a historian of the American South who is most interested in the intersections of rural, environmental, and labor history.   His manuscript, “Where Tobacco was King: Land, Labor, and Life in the Old Bright Belt,” explores the  the effects of federal agricultural policy, changing technology, and global competition on the farms, the work, and the culture of the tobacco farm families of the Virginia-North Carolina Piedmont.   Evan is also co-editor (with Debra Reid of Eastern Illinois University) of Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule:  African American Landowning Families since Reconstruction (University Press of Florida, 2012).  He has also published articles in Agricultural History and The Journal of Peasant Studies.

Evan’s next project will explore the history of Florida’s Gulf Coast fishing communities in the twentieth century to understand the connections between the work and culture of commercial fishing and the politics of coastal development.

Before coming to FAU, Evan taught at the College of William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, Hampden-Sydney College, and Florida International University.   He offers courses in southern history, Florida history, environmental history, and modern U.S. history.
  • United States History to 1877
  • The American South


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