Matthew McDonough

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Matthew McDonough

Senior Lecturer, History

Phone: 843-349-6982 Email: Office Hours:



Dr. McDonough earned his PhD in American history from Kansas State University and specializes in westward expansion and American military history.  He teaches a variety of survey courses as well as several upper division classes such as American military history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the American Frontier and a course on Atlantic piracy.  Dr. McDonough is an avid gamer and enjoys the intersection between history and popular culture.  When not teaching he can most often be found enjoying spicy food, playing his favorite games and visiting theme parks.  


Ph.D. in American History: Kansas State University 
Masters in History: Western Carolina University 
Bachelors in History: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Interesting Facts

Select Teaching Awards

Teacher of the Year Award
Coastal Carolina University (Awarded by Psi-Mu Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta)
Spring 2014

Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (GTA)
Kansas State University (Awarded by University Administration)
Spring 2011

A. Bower Sageser Teaching Award
Kansas State University (Awarded by History Department)
Spring 2010

Select Fellowships

Graduate of the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History
United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
Summer 2016

Graduate of Military History Instructor Course (MHIC) Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Spring 2015

Teaching Areas

Westward Expansion and the American Frontier, American Military History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Golden Age of Atlantic Piracy.  

Research Areas

19th century America, Westward Expansion, Military History