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Department of History

Chowan University's Department of History teaches students to separate the fact from the fiction and bridge the gap between past and present. History majors have to be one part detective and one part director, researching events extensively and then retelling the story in a way that will captivate audiences.

Students could uncover the previously unknown, tell a story that has not been heard in a millennia, or shed new light on a shadowy historical hero.

A study of history is an essential part of a liberal arts education, valuable in many different careers, and shows students how the world is still shaped today by the hands of history.

Chowan University's Department of History provides:

  • B.A. degrees in History
  • B.S. degrees in Social Studies Education
  • A Minor in History
  • Specialized Courses in American History, European History, Developing World History, Geography and Political Science

History majors will also want to join the History Club or could be inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. These organizations, as well as the great internship opportunities you will gain during your study at Chowan University, will boost any resume!

In addition to internships and honor societies, students are encouraged to pursue their scholarly interests. For information regarding graduate resources, using your History degree, and scholarships, http://www.historydegree.com/Scholarships/.

Department of History - Faculty Information

David Edwin Ballew, Jr. David Edwin Ballew, Jr.
Associate Professor of History
Coordinator of Humanities Studies
Coordinator of the Chowan Tutoring Program
Chairman of the Department of History

“History is the torch that illuminates the past and helps us guard against repeating our past mistakes.”

David Ballew came to work at Chowan University in 2002.


  • Ph.D. degree in History from the University of Mississippi
  • Master’s degree in History from the University of Mississippi
  • B.A. degree in History from the University of North Alabama 

Courses Taught:

  • Discovering America
  • Colonial and Revolutionary America
  • Early National America
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • African American History
  • US Constitutional History

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Danny B. Moore

Danny B. Moore
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Professor of History

200 Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year Award!

“I fell in love Chowan upon my arrival several years ago. Since then, I already have memories to last me a lifetime—dogwoods blooming on a warm April morning, graduates lined up in their caps and gowns, students walking through Squirrel Park on cool autumn days, those majestic white columns adorning the administration building. 'If you have to fall in love with something," Robert Frost wrote, "you can do a lot worse than a college.' I can't agree more.”

Danny Moore came to Chowan University in 1994.


  • Ph.D. degree from Mississippi State University
  • Master’s degree from the University of Akron
  • B.S. degree from the University of North Alabama  

Courses Taught:

  • Discovering America
  • The Gilded Age
  • Sports in America
  • Women in American History
  • Introduction to Public History

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Gregory Taylor

Gregory Taylor
Associate Professor of History

2008 Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year Award!

“My current research focuses on the life of James Larkin Pearson. A native and life-long resident of Wilkes County, North Carolina, Pearson was a journalist who published six amateur newspapers and a poet who published seven collected works of poetry. In 1953 he was named North Carolina poet laureate, a position he held until 1981. In the process of studying his life and work I examine the Tar Heel spirit and the power of individualism, both of which Pearson possessed. Indeed, those faculties enabled him to overcome poverty, a limited education, the loss of two wives and a daughter, crippling moments of self-doubt, and an initial reticence on the part of the state’s cultured elite to accept him as one of their own. In the end, he endured and earned a level of professional success and acknowledgement few can hope to achieve. Pearson’s life is interesting in its own right, but it also demonstrates the essence of North Carolina and its people.”

Gregory Taylor came to work at Chowan in 2006.


  • Ph.D. degree in History from the University of Mississippi
  • Masters degree in History from the University of Alabama
  • B.A. degree in History from Clemson University

Courses Taught:

  • Discovering the World
  • Modern America
  • The Depression and New Deal
  • North Carolina History
  • Introduction to Historical Investigation
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll: America in the 1960s


  • The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch: Communist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch, The University Press of Florida, March 2014.
  • The History of the North Carolina Communist Party, The University of South Carolina Press, May 2009.

Book Chapters:

“Organized Labor, Reds, and Radicals of the 1930s,” in Interpreting American History: The New Deal and the Great Depression, Kent State University Press, August 2014.

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Anticommunism and the African American Freedom Movement: “Another Side of the Story,” Robbie Lieberman and Clarence Lang, editors, in The American Historical Review Volume 117 Number 4, October 2012, pp. 1258-59.
  • Review of Radical Reform: Interracial Politics in Post-Emancipation North Carolina, by Deborah Beckel, in The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians Volume 20, July 2012, pp. 57-62.
  • Review of Underground Communists in the McCarthy Period: A Family Memoir, by Daniel Rosenberg, in American Communist History Volume 10 Issue 2, 2011, pp. 195-197.
  • Review of Liberty and Freedom: North Carolina’s Tour of the Bill of Rights, by Kenrick N. Simpson, ed., Journal of Southern History February 2011, pp. 215-16.
  • Review of White Collar Radicals: TVA’s Knoxville Fifteen, the New Deal, and the McCarthy Era, by Aaron Purcell, in West Virginia History Fall 2010, pp. 117-118.
  • Review of Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1940, by Glenda Gilmore, The American Historical Review October 2010, pp. 1182-1183.
  • Review of Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior to Southern Redeemer, by Rod Andrew, Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians Volume 16 April 2009, pp. 178-182.
  • Review of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States, by Sharon Smith, in American Communist History, Fall 2009, pp. 225-227.

Public Lectures:

  • “You Know What UNC Stands for, Don’t You?: Organized Communism and the University of North Carolina,” Barton College Visiting Speaker Series, April 14, 2011.
  • It’s About Time: Race, Class, Gender, and the 1960’s Ethos that Facilitated Unionization in the Textile Mills of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina” at the Roanoke Rapids Canal Museum and Trail, March 23, 2011.
  • “’Horatios at the Bridge’: A Brief History of the North Carolina Communist Party, 1929-1960,” Historical Society of North Carolina, Elon University, Elon, NC, April 16, 2010.
  • “Workers, Farmers and the North Carolina Communist Party’s Electoral Campaign, 1930-1940,” Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Dahlonega, GA, March 20, 2010.
  • “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The North Carolina Communist Party during the Depression,” Southern Historical Association, Lexington, KY, Nov. 7, 2009.

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Dean F. Lawson

Dean F. Lawson
Assistant Professor of History
Coordinator of Social Studies Education

"My field of teaching specialization, writing, and research is Early Modern England. I taught a course on Stuart England at Chowan University Spring Semester 2011, and I’m currently teaching a course with a focus on Tudor England. With regard to writing and research, I have begun revising my dissertation for publication. My dissertation examined the public life of Edward Sexby, a figure active during England’s Civil War and Interregnum (1642-1660). Sexby is best remembered today for some populist demands and heated exchanges with Oliver Cromwell during those discussions in parliament’s New Model Army on the constitution and future of England known as the Putney Debates (1647), and as the most probable author of Killing Noe Murder (1657), a pamphlet providing learned justifications for Cromwell’s assassination in response to his increasingly monarchical Protectorate (1653-1658). My work will contextualize Killing Noe Murder by providing a clearer picture both of Sexby’s public life and his relationship with Oliver Cromwell. It will consider Sexby roles as a representative for the rank and file of the New Model Army, speaker in the Putney Debates, state servant for the English Republic (1649-1653), and conspirator against the Protectorate and life of Oliver Cromwell. Though focused on a single, extraordinary figure, my study will illuminate broader themes of interest to students of political culture. Sexby’s public life demonstrates how social and educational barriers separating political groups were permeable and how radical thought and action were intertwined.”

Dean Lawson came to work at Chowan in 2010.


  • Ph.D. in History from the University of Alabama
  • M.A. in History from East Carolina University
  • B.S. in History from East Carolina University

Courses Taught or Teaching:

  • Discovering the World
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Modern Europe
  • Stuart England (Writing Intensive)
  • Western Political Thought
  • The French Revolution and Napoleon
  • The Reformation

Conference Presentations:

“Edward Sexby as Intermediary in 1648: ‘Courier of Revolution,’” presented on a panel titled “Loyalties and Allegiances in Stuart England”; annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, March 2011

“Leading Agitator, Favored Agitator, and ‘New Agent’: Edward Sexby’s Part in the Events of 1647,” presented on a panel titled “Civil War and Interregnum: Rhetoric, Religion, and Polemic”; annual meeting of the Northeast Conference on British Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, October 2009

“Illiterate or Accomplished: Edward Sexby as Author, 1647-1657,” presented on a panel titled “Radical Thought and Action in the English Revolution”; annual meeting of the Southern Conference on British Studies, Birmingham, AL, November 2006

Other Presentations

“The Marquis de Lafayette: Revolutionary and Murfreesboro Resident,” presented at the annual Chowan University Interdisciplinary Symposium, April 2011

“Edward Sexby and the ‘Army Revolt’ of 1647,” presented to the British and European History Workshop conducted by the Department of History at the University of Alabama, November 2008

“Upon a Dangerous Design: The Career of Edward Sexby,” presented to the British and European History Workshop conducted by the Department of History at the University of Alabama, April 2008

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