Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Kevin Kokomoor earned his degrees at the University of South Florida and Florida State University, and has been teaching at Coastal Carolina University since 2012. He is an Early Americanist and an Ethnohistorian, whose primary research and teaching focuses on the Southeast and the Native Southeast, the Early Republican and Federalist Eras, and ideas of frontiers and borderlands.
Kevin’s recent publications deal primarily on the colonial and early American Southeast. His first book, Of One Mind and Of One Government: The Rise and Fall of the Creek Nation in the Early Republic, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2019, and represents a political history of the Creek people of modern-day Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. His upcoming publication with Pineapple Press, La Florida: Catholics, Conquistadores, and Other American Origin Stories, will be a popular look at the earliest years and legacies of Spanish colonialism in the American Southeast, known for hundreds of years as “La Florida.” It is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2023. His current writing project, Twenty Years on the Dark and Bloody Ground, will look at widespread Native-settler violence in the post-Revolutionary Southeast, and the role that violence played in the rise of Federalism.
Originally a Florida Native, Kevin still loves to do all the classic Florida stuff in the Grand Strand: fishing, the beach, and golf. He also appreciates the beauty and history of the Lowcountry, and enjoys a good weekend in Charleston whenever he can.
Ph.D., Florida State University
M.A., University of South Florida
B.A., University of South Florida
Early and Modern US history, the US and the World, Atlantic World, the Frontier, Colonial America, Native America
Native American History, Ethnohistory, the Native American Southeast, the Southeast, Frontiers and Borderlands, Early America, the Revolutionary Era, and Environmental History
- “The Oconee War’s Importance in the Early Republic,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 105 (November 2021): 26-61
- "Of One Mind and of One Government:" The Rise and Fall of the Creek Nation in the Early Republic (University of Nebraska Press, 2019)
- "Creeks, Federalists, and the Idea of Coexistence in the Early Republic," The Journal of Southern History 81 (November 2015)
- "'Burning and Destroying all Before them': Creeks and Seminoles on Georgia's Revolutionary Frontier," The Georgia Historical Quarterly 98 (2014). Winner of the 2014 E. Merton Coulter Award, Georgia Historical Society
- "A Re-assessment of Seminoles, Africans, and Slavery on the Florida Frontier," The Florida Historical Quarterly 88 (Fall 2009). Winner of the 2009 Arthur W. Thompson Award, Florida Historical Society
Grants and Fellowships
- Filson Historical Society, Research Grant, December 2022
- American Philosophical Society Philips Fund Grant, December 2018
- David Library of the American Revolution Fellow, July 2018
- Howard K. Peckham Fellowship in Revolutionary America, July-August 2017
- Emory University MARBL Grant, 2012
- American Philosophical Society Library Resident Grant, 2012
- Florida State University Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship, 2012