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John Coggeshall

Professor of Anthropology

Office: 123B Brackett Hall
Phone: 656-3822
Fax: 656-1252

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Anthropology
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale 1984

M.A. Behavioral Science
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville 1978

B.A. Anthropology
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville 1975

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
North American Indian Cultures
Ethnographic Fieldwork
Theories in Anthropology


I have (in press) an oral history of "Liberia, South Carolina," an enclave community in upper Pickens County founded by freed slaves in 1865. I am also working on a book manuscript that explores the relationship between people and place in Upstate SC. Professionally, I sit on the Board of the General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association.

 Research Interests

U.S. regional and ethnic cultures. Specific research interests include the cultural history of the SC mountains, traditional cultures in the Midwest and Carolinas, heritage tourism, gated communities, ethical issues in ethnographic research, and undergraduate pedagogy.
in my latest book research, I am investigating the means by which people become "embedded" into landscapes, through ownership, occupancy, stories, and burials.

 Research Publications

"Liberia, South Carolina: An African American Appalachian Community" (UNC Press, 2018)

Soapstone Church Heritage Project, Pickens County Accommodations Tax, 2010. $7,500.

"Symbols of Division: Plantations Along South Carolina’s Coast," Home Cultures: the Journal of Architecture, Design, and Domestic Space, 5:1 (2008), pp. 49-64.

Jocassee Gorges Cultural History Project, Duke Energy Foundation, 2006. $5,000. Renewed 2008 $4,500.

"Mountains of Menace and Majesty: Memories in the Jocassee Gorges Region of Upstate South Carolina," Southern Anthropological Society, Staunton, VA, March 2008.

"Negotiating Private History Into Public Space: Collaboration with an African-American Community," American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA, November 2008.

 Honors and Awards

Trevillian Professorship, College of Business and Behavioral Science (2016)

The Thomas Green Clemson Award for Excellence (2010)


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