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Department of History


Kent Germany

Title: Professor
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-9587
Office: Gambrell Hall, Room 226
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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Pronouns: he/him and they/them


  • B.A. Louisiana Tech University
  • M.A. Louisiana Tech University
  • Ph.D. Tulane University


In 2006, Germany joined the Department of History and the African American Studies Program after several years on the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, where he led the LBJ project, co-founded the award-winning website, and served as a host of For The Record, a nationally distributed PBS interview program on politics and history. At South Carolina, his teaching and research have focused on a wide range of topics including the civil rights movement, presidential politics, recent U.S. history, African American history, and oral and documentary history. The author of New Orleans After the Promises and numerous scholarly articles, he is also the editor or co-editor of seven books about the once-secret presidential recordings of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He has given over eighty scholarly presentations or invited lectures and made approximately fifty commentaries or appearances in regional, national, and international print publications, radio and television programs, or documentary films, including CBS Evening News, AmericanHistoryTV, C-SPAN TV and C-SPAN Radio, MSNBC, PBS Frontline, the Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News and World Report.

Selected Publications

  • New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society (Georgia, 2007). Finalist for the 2008 Organization of American Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for best book on the struggle for civil rights.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson and Civil Rights, Volume 1, July 4, 1964-November 5, 1964: The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition, Editor, (University of Virginia Press (Rotunda Digital Imprint), 2010).
    • Winner of the 2011 PROSE Award for Best eProduct in the Humanities (Association of American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence) as one of a three-volume Presidential Recordings collection released in 2010.
    • Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011.
  • The Kennedy Assassination and the Transfer of Power, Co-editor, (Norton, 2005)
  • Toward the Great Society, Co-editor (Norton, 2007)
  • Mississippi Burning and the Civil Rights Act, Co-editor, (Norton, 2010)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson and Civil Rights, Volume 2, November 1964-December 1968: The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition. (University of Virginia Press (Rotunda Digital Imprint), 2018).
  • John F. Kennedy and Civil Rights: The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition. (University of Virginia Press, Rotunda Digital Imprint, 2018).
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968: The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition. Co-editor. (University of Virginia Press, Rotunda Digital Imprint, 2018).
  • “The Politics of Poverty and History: Racial Inequality and the Long Prelude to Katrina,” Journal of American History (December 2007)
  • “Historians and the Many Lyndon Johnsons,” Journal of Southern History (November 2009)
  • “Poverty Wars in the Louisiana Delta: Black Power, White Supremacy, and the Poorest Place in America,” (in Orleck and Hazirjian, ed. The War on Poverty: A New Grassroots History)
  • “Militant Katrina: Looking Back at Black Power,” (in Joseph, ed., Neighborhood Rebels: Local Struggles for Black Power in America).




He is currently conducting research for separate projects on Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, on Hurricane Katrina, and on the concept of “political genius.”

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