Greg Massey, Ph.D.
- Draughon Building 206
- (731) 989-6081
I love God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, my wife and children, our extended family, reading good books, playing games of almost any kind, teaching, researching and writing history, and listening to jazz music.
- Ph.D., History, University of South Carolina, 1992
- M.A., History, East Carolina University, 1987
- B.A., History, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1983
- Monday - 8:50am - 9:20am; 11:00am - 11:20am; 1:30pm - 2:20pm
- Tuesday - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
- Wednesday - 8:50am - 9:20am; 11:00am - 11:20am; 1:30pm - 2:20pm
- Thursday - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
- Friday - 8:50am - 9:20am; 11:00am - 11:20am; 1:00pm - 3:30pm
- Survey of Civilization !
MWF - 9:30am-10:20am
- American History I
MWF - 11:30am-12:20pm
- Research and Writing of History I
MW - 2:30pm-3:50pm
- Intellectual History of the West
TR - 9:00am-10:20am
I have taught at FHU since 1993. FHU is where I met the wonderful woman who became my wife. We have two pretty cool boys and an exceptionally cool miniature dachshund. Besides kingdom and family matters, my big passion in life is history. I love teaching history and trying to instill in students an awareness of history's importance. We literally can't function as human beings in this world without our own personal histories, much less the collective history we study in classes. The study of history teaches us empathy for others, an important quality for Christians in any age, but especially in our current turbulent time. History is easily the second most important subject taught at FHU, behind only Bible. When I have time, I enjoy researching and writing. I've written John Laurens and the American Revolution (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2000); and co-edited another book, General Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution in the South (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming in 2012). For that anthology I wrote an essay, "Independence and Slavery: The Transformation of Nathanael Greene, 1781-1786." I've published over fifty articles, essays, and book reviews. Much of my scholarship has involved an examination of the paradoxical relationship between war, liberty, and slavery in early America.
EducationPh.D. in History
University of South Carolina, 1992
Dissertation: "A Hero's Life: John Laurens and the American Revolution"
Director: Dr. Robert M. Weir
Major Fields: Colonial America to 1789; U.S. Middle Period, 1789-1877; Applied History (Archives and Editing); Early Modern Europe
M.A. in History
East Carolina University, 1987
Thesis: "The British Expedition to Wilmington, North Carolina, January-November, 1781"
Director: Dr. John A. Tilley
B. A. in History
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1983
Teaching Experience2004- Professor of History, Freed-Hardeman University
Courses Taught: American History I and II; Survey of Civilization I and II; Research and Writing of History I and II; American Colonial and Early National Period, 1500-1800; Civil War; American Political Biography; Classical Civilizations: Greece and Rome; Intellectual History of the West; American Revolutionary Era; History and Film; The Reformation; Readings in World History; United States and the World; American Empire and Liberty
1999-2004 Associate Professor of History, Freed-Hardeman University
1993-1999 Assistant Professor of History, Freed-Hardeman University
1991-1992 Instructor in History, University of South Carolina
Other Experience2011- Chair, Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Studies, Freed-Hardeman University
1999-2002 Editor, West Tennessee Historical Society Papers
1992-1993 National Historical Publications and Records Commission Fellow in Documentary Editing, Early History Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.
2000 John Laurens and the American Revolution (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press)
Winner of the American Revolution Roundtable of New York's Book Award
1986 An Administrative History of Kings Mountain National Military Park (Atlanta: Southeast Region, National Park Service, Department of the Interior)
Edited Books and Journals
2012 General Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution in the South, with Jim Piecuch (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press)
2000-2002 West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, vols. LIII-LV
Articles and Essays
2012 "Independence and Slavery: The Transformation of Nathanael Greene, 1781-1786," in General Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution in the South, ed. Gregory D. Massey and Jim Piecuch (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press)
2006 "Mobilization in South Carolina," in Mark M. Boatner, Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, ed. Harold Selesky (New York: Charles Scribner's)
2005 "The Papers of Henry Laurens and Modern Historical Documentary Editing," The Public Historian
2003 "The Conway Cabal" and "The Loyalist Militia," in History in Dispute: The American Revolution, ed. Keith Krawczynski (Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group)
2003 "Slavery and Liberty in the American Revolution: John Laurens's Black Regiment Plan," Early American Review
2001 "The Political Education of John Laurens," Carologue
1997 "The Limits of Antislavery Thought in the Revolutionary Lower South: John Laurens and Henry Laurens," Journal of Southern History
1989 "The British Expedition to Wilmington, January-November, 1781," North Carolina Historical Review Winner of the Robert D. W. Connor Award, presented by the Historical Society of North Carolina for the best article published in North Carolina Historical Review; and the Pershing Prize, presented by the American Military Institute and Reserve Officers Association for the best article on military reserve policy or the history of reserve forces