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Alisha M. Cromwell

Assistant Professor

Jonathan Doe
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Brittian Hall 361

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Tuesdays/Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00pm;
Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30;
Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm(Virtual);
or by appointment


Alisha M. Cromwell is an assistant professor of history with research and teaching interests in the 19th century Atlantic World, where she focuses on women, capitalism and slavery.  She is a part of a working group of global scholars who are engaged with developing the academic field of women in business.  Her chapter, “The Gendered Nature of the Marketplace: Female Entrepreneurs in 19th Century Atlantic World Slave Societies” will be featured in Female Entrepreneurs in the 19th Century: Towards a Global Perspective, which will be published in early 2020.  Her current project uses archival records, census data, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map the residences of urban slaveholding women in Charleston and Savannah in order to understand the movements of their enslaved workers as they traveled around the urban environment. She is also investigating the use of female head-basket carrying in the American Lowcountry as a form of skilled labor derived from Africa.  Dr. Cromwell engages her students by utilizing a variety of teaching styles, including traditional lectures, classroom group work, student-led presentations, as well as through on-line and distance learning.  She is excited to be a part of Coastal Carolina University. Go Chants! 


Ph.D., History, University of Georgia, 2017;

M.A., Public History, University of South Carolina, 2008;

Dual B.A., in History and Anthropology, San Francisco State University, 2005

Interesting Facts

Dr. Cromwell was a non-traditional, first-generation student.  

Teaching Areas

American History, African History, Atlantic World History, World Civilizations, Public History, Slavery, and Capitalism

Research Areas

19th Century Atlantic World, Slavery, Capitalism, Women's and Gender Studies