Amanda M. Brian
Associate Professor/Department Chair
Amanda M. Brian is an associate professor of history with research and teaching expertise in modern European history, and is currently the chair of the Department of History. Her publications have primarily focused on the history of childhood and children’s material culture in imperial Germany, including peer-reviewed journal articles on early developmental psychologists and pioneering movable children’s books. Overlapping interests in nineteenth-century visual culture and the history of aging more broadly have resulted in additional peer-reviewed journal articles in such venues as Central European History and Southern Cultures. She continues to explore past cultural representations in both her scholarship and her teaching. Brian has taught numerous courses from lower-level introductions to world and European history to upper-level seminars on modern colonialism and the history of modern medicine and the body. She has developed blended, distance-learning, and hybrid courses, and has actively promoted undergraduate research, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in writing theses. Moreover, Brian is eager to support students’ career aspirations, and has supervised countless internships and offers a course on careers for history majors. Her academic leadership positions at Coastal have included vice-chairing the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee, serving on Faculty Senate, organizing the first alumni and community travel program, as well as chairing her department.
Brian serves on the Horry County Museum Board, where she is the Sergeant at Arms.
She participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on World War I and the Arts at the University of Cincinnati, and the Freeman Summer Institute on Japan.
Brian has received both a teaching award (Edwards College’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013) and a research award (Young Faculty Research Incentive Award in 2010) from Coastal.
She received a Fulbright Grant to complete her dissertation research in Berlin, Germany in 2004-2005.
She rides her beautiful, woman’s-framed Specialized bicycle to work every day that she can.
Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2009
M.A. in History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2004
B.A. in History and German at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana, 2001
Nineteenth-century Europe; Modern Germany; Colonialism and Imperialism; Women, Gender, and the Body
Childhood, Youth, and Aging in Modern Germany and Europe; Cultural Representations of Germans and Germany