Dr. John Giggie, Director of the Summersell Center for the Study of the South
John Giggie is an associate professor of History and African American Studies at The University of Alabama, where he currently serves as the Director of the Summersell Center for the Study of the South and as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow. His research specializations include the American South, African American history, and American religious history. He published After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875-1917, edited Faith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Commercial Culture, edited two documentary readers, and co-authored a college history textbook. He is currently preparing a book on civil rights protests in West Alabama and another on African American religion during the Civil War. He also co-edits the Religion and American Culture series for the University of Alabama Press. His research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Louisville Center for the Study of American Religion, the Lilly Foundation, the Pew Foundation, the Center for the Study of American Religion at Princeton University, and the American Historical Association. He has been a commentator on matters of southern history for the media, including National Public Radio, The Christian Science Monitor, Smithsonian Magazine, BET.com, as well as local presses and news outlets. Prof. Giggie’s teaching interests include community engagement, service learning, and the use of student response-ware and active learning technology and methodologies in large classes. His class on religion and civil rights, which partners with local African American churches and their congregants to chronicle their history during the civil rights movement, was named the Outstanding Faculty-Initiated Engagement Effort by the Center for Community-Based Partnerships.