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Our Faculty

 HPPA FACULTY 9-2-2014

The department of history, political science, philosophy & American studies boasts a faculty of outstanding scholars with a wide range of research and teaching interests. Learn more about the faculty members who teach in the following academic areas:

History Faculty

Paul Grady

Paul Grady
Associate Professor
Early Colonial America, Spanish American
Borderlands, Atlantic World, South Carolina
B.A. Tennessee Tech University
M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ph.D. College of William and Mary

Carmen HarrisCarmen Harris
U.S. History, Southern, Agriculture,
African-American, South and Latin America
B.S., M.A. Clemson University
Ph.D. Michigan State University
Carol Loar

Carol Loar Department Chair
Medieval and Early Modern Europe,
Britain, History of Science,
Women's History
B.S. University of Nebraska
Ph.D. Northwestern University 

Rob McCormickRob McCormick  Associate Dean 
Modern Europe, War Criminality,
Eastern Europe
B.A. Wake Forest University
M.A. University of South Carolina
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Tammy Pike  Tammy Pike
World War II, Oral History,
Women's History
B.A. University of South Carolina Upstate
M.A. University of South Carolina


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Adjunct History Faculty

No Image AvailableSara Boggs
Modern Europe
Military History
B.A. College of St. Teresa
M.A. Columbia University 
Alice HendersonAlice Henderson
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
U.S. History, Europe, Women's History
A.B. Earlham College
M.A. Western State College of Colorado
Ph.D. University of Michigan
No Image AvailableKevin Krause 
Populist & Progressive Eras,
South Carolina
B.A. University of South Carolina Upstate
M.A. Clemson University
No Image AvailableKelly Smith
B.A. University of South Carolina Upstate
M.A. Villanova University 
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Political Science Faculty

Abe GoldbergAbraham Goldberg
Associate Professor
Co-Director, Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement
Urban Planning and Policy,
Public Policy,
Public Administration
B.A. Ohio University
M.A. West Virginia University
Ph.D. West Virginia University
Dwight LambertDwight Lambert
Art & Politics, American
Government, Constitution
B.A., M.A. University of Florida
Ph.D. University of Florida
Allison PingleyAllison Pingley
Associate Professor
American Government,
Presidency, Political Behavior
B.A. University of South Florida
M.A. University of Florida
Ph.D.University of Florida
T RubenzerTrevor Rubenzer
Associate Professor
International Relations,
Foreign Policy
B.A. University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
M.A. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
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Adjunct Political Science Faculty

No Image AvailableJohn Bies
Latin American Politics,
International Relations
B.S. State University of New York Buffalo
M.S. State University of New York Buffalo
M.A. University of Memphis
Ph.D. University of Missouri
Ron RomineRon Romine
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Southern Politics, South Carolina
American Government
B.S. Florence State Teachers College
M.A. University of South Carolina
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
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Philosophy Faculty 

Richard CombesRichard Combes
Associate Professor
Ethics, Philosophy of Mind,
B.A. Eisenhower College
Ph.D.University of Iowa
Jim GriffisJim Griffis
Associate Professor
Ancient Philosophy, Game
Theory, Rationality
B.A. Wabash College
Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo


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Adjunct Philosophy Faculty 

Ben McCrawBen McCraw
Philosophy of Religion,
B.A.Wofford College
Ph.D. University of Georgia
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American Studies Faculty

No Image AvailableAndrew Myers
U.S. South,
Military-Social Relations
B.A. Davidson College
M.A. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of Virginia
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Religion Faculty

Dave DamrelDavid Damrel
Associate Professor
Islam, Asian Religions,
Comparative Religion
B.A., M.A. University of Texas
Ph.D. Duke University
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Adjunct Religion Faculty 

Yossi LiebowitzYossi Liebowitz
Judaica, Film Studies, Folk Music

B.A. California State University Northridge
M.A.H.L. Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
D.D. Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion



Kirk Neely
Christian Spirituality, Theology
B.A. Furman University
M.Div. Southern Theological Seminary
D.Min. Southern Theological Seminary
Post-doctoral Merrill Fellow, Harvard Divinity School

No Image AvailableDennis Teall-Fleming
Comparative Religion, Biblical Literature,
Contemporary U.S. Religion
B.A. Xavier University
M.Div. Emory University
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Department Chair
Dr. Carol Loar

Contact Us
USC Upstate
Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy & American Studies
Media, Room 102
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5795
Fax: 864-503-5890
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