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Department of History


Josh Mayes

Title: Graduate Student
PhD (18th Century American History)
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Josh Mayes

Advisor: Woody Holton

Education: BA History (University of Maryland University College), MA History (American Military University)

Bio: Greetings from hot and humid Charleston South Carolina! My name is Josh Mayes.   I received my undergraduate education from the University of Maryland University College and my graduate education through the American Military University receiving a Master of Arts in History.  I am currently working on my PhD at the University of South Carolina in Columbia focusing on 18th American History. My advisor is Dr. Woody Holton. 

I was active duty Air Force from 1998-2007 and in that time I traveled extensively and lived in some very unique locations such as Turkey and the island of Guam.  After I left the Air Force I began teaching and developing online courses for several colleges. I have presented at three conferences, North Carolina Association of Historians, Fayetteville NC, February 2015, Cappadocia: The Land of God and Paint, Florida Conference of Historians, St. Augustine, FL, February 2014, The Thirsty Monk and the Medieval Art of Monastic Beer Brewing, and World History Association, Minneapolis, MN, June 2013, The Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia: A Crusading Cross-Cultural Exchange.

I recently lived in Asheville, NC and moved to Charleston three years ago for my current job working as an Air Force Historian for the 628th Air Base Wing.  I document the annual history of the wing and occasionally deploy to not so nice locations.  Last year, I spent four months in Kabul, Afghanistan writing the history of the Air Force wing located there.  It was quite the experience to say the least. 


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