Department of History

Rob Hart

T. Robert Hart, Lecturer


  • Ph.D., University of Alabama
  • M.A., Clemson University
  • B.A., Furman University

Academic Interests

My research and teaching focus on the intersection of culture and the environment. My most recent publications, including a forthcoming book from UGA Press, have examined the social and ecological consequences of the Santee-Cooper project, a New Deal hydroelectric program that reshaped the South Carolina Lowcountry. Currently, I am working on a collaborative project regarding controversies surrounding public land use and endangered species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. My courses are shaped by the belief that understanding our environment is fundamental to understanding ourselves. I also teach courses on the history of the South and just finished a book on the history of UNCW.

Courses Taught

  • HST 332: U.S. Environmental History
  • HST 347: The New South
  • HST 454: American Regional History

Significant Publications

  • Conceived in Sin: The Santee-Cooper Project and the Making of Modern South Carolina, University of Georgia Press (forthcoming, 2018)
  • Giving Flight to Imagination: A History of UNC-Wilmington (2017)
  • "The Santee-Cooper Landscape: Culture and Environment in the South Carolina Lowcountry" Environmental History (2013)