Charles Harris - Coastal Carolina University
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Charles Harris


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Brittian Hall 370

Fall 2022 Office Hours
Wednesdays 9:00am - 12:00pm, or by appointment. 
(Please email for an appointment.)

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care” - Theodore Roosevelt


Charlie was born in Columbia, SC but has spent his entire life in Florida where he earned his degrees at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is a modern Americanist and public historian who began teaching at Coastal Carolina in fall 2022. Charlie's research focuses on the relationship between war and society, particularly in the United States during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. His work examines the changing place of the U.S. Navy in American popular culture during an age of technological change and overseas expansion at the turn of the 20th century. Charlie utilizes a cultural focus, demonstrating on how society changed the Navy, and how, in turn, the Navy transformed society. While earning his PhD, Charlie gained experience in applied Public History serving as an academic on-site coordinator for the USF Museum Internship Program contributing over a thousand volunteer hours on board a preserved World War II Merchant Marine ship. The program partners with a dozen local museums, archives, historical societies, and art collections for internships. There he mentored Public History students on board the museum ship SS American Victory docked at the Port of Tampa. His duties included writing grant proposals, assigning academic projects, working with local cultural preservation organizations, and serving as assistant Historian.


Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2022

B.A., University of South Florida, 2016

Interesting Facts

Grants and Fellowships: USF Fall 2021 Dissertation Competition Fellowship; 2020 Phi Alpha Theta John T. Maple Doctoral Scholarship; 2019 Harry Newman and Julian Newman Award; Hillsborough  County Heritage Tourism Grant – Guest Experience Enhancement American Victory Museum (recipient) 2016-2018

Teaching Areas

U.S. History - Early and Modern; Civil War & Reconstruction; Spanish-American War; War and Society; Gilded Age and Progressive Era Society; the World Wars, the Cold War, Museum Studies

Research Areas

History of the U.S. Navy; American transnational relationships; Consumerism and material culture; Public Opinion and the Press; The Military-Industrial-Complex; Public History and Historic Preservation