Visiting Lecturer
404 Hamilton Hall


BA William College, 1989
MA University of Georgia, (Journalism), 1994
MA North Carolina State University, (History), 2007
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017

Research Interests

Professor Shapard’s research interests are in American history, environmental history, history of the American South, and the practice and interpretation of oral history. His dissertation is an environmental history of the longleaf pine forests, a history with many ecological, economic, political, and social threads, and connections within and beyond the American South.

Some Notable Publications

  • “Sending the Flood Upriver: Personal Stories and Impersonal Change in the Savannah River Valley,” in Kathy Newfont and Debbie Lee, eds., The Land Speaks: New Voices at the Intersection of Oral and Environmental History (Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • “Heartpine,” in The Longleaf Leader 10 No. 3 (Longleaf Alliance: Fall 2017): 43-45 (
  • “Deciding the Future Course of our North Carolina Rivers,” commentary and interview excerpts for the Southern Oral History Program, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC Chapel Hill, August 2017 (

Courses Offered

  • HIST 127—American History to 1865
  • HIST 128—American History since 1865
  • HIST 374—History of the American West since 1800