In a recent commentary for Breaking Defense, Sean O’Keefe, University Professor in the Maxwell School, noted the opening of President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address in 1981, where the Republican observed that the peaceful and orderly transfer of national authority…
Maxwell School Associate Professor John Scott Strickland Dies
John Scott Strickland, associate professor of history at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, passed away on Wednesday, May 28. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1984 and was named associate professor in 1990.
For many years, he served as the history department’s undergraduate director, and his excellence in this position was recognized with the award for Faculty Advisor of the Year. In addition, he co-directed, along with Newhouse Professor Richard Breyer, the M.A. program in documentary film and history. He was an important friend and mentor to students and colleagues alike.
Strickland’s research and teaching focused on the history of the United States, with special emphasis on the American South, religion and African American history in the 18th and 19th centuries. He also had a deep passion and expertise for the era of the Vietnam War. He taught popular classes that included the Civil War and Reconstruction; Vietnam: Movies and Memoirs; U.S. History and Documentary Film; and the U.S. in the 1960s.
Among Strickland’s publications were “Millennial Visions and Visible Congregations: Conversion, Community and the Culture of Resistance among South Carolina Slaves”; “From Chiliasm to Community: Religion and Cultural Change among South Carolina Slaves before the Civil War” and “’No More Mud Work’: The Struggle for Control of Labor Production in the South Carolina Low Country, 1863-1880.”
Strickland earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1984. He was the recipient of several research grants and awards, including the Rockefeller Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in 1978 and the American Council for Learned Societies Fellowship for Recent Recipients of the Ph.D. in 1986. From 1983-1985, he was a Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Center for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.