Dr. Clinton W. Terry

Professor of History
Department of Liberal Studies


  • B.A., European History and German Language, Ohio University, 1973
  • M.A., University of Cincinnati, 1997
  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2002

Professor Terry has been with Mercer since receiving his doctorate in 2002, teaching courses in American History, European History, and World History. He served as Assistant Dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies from 2004 to 2008. Since then, he has served as subject area Coordinator for History.

Originally from the Midwest, Southern Indiana, and suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, Professor Terry completed his undergraduate degree in History and German Language at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He completed a year-long study abroad program at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1972 and was a member of the Honors College.

At the University of Cincinnati, he was awarded the Taft Competitive Graduate Fellowship and Scholarship and Ohio Bicentennial Legacy Scholarship and Research Stipend.

He spent the years between undergraduate and graduate school in sales and as a business owner, serving the graphic design and low-voltage communication industries.

His book, coauthored with photographer Dan Patterson, “Surveying in Early America: The Point of Beginning” (University of Cincinnati Press, June 2020), examines the development of the profession of surveying in 18th century America using period sources and reenacted photograph.

Courses taught

  • Topics courses in American History, European History and World History, and Georgia History
  • Liberal Studies: Cultures in Contact
  • Liberal Studies: The Idea of the University
  • Liberal Studies: Argument and Citizenship
  • Liberal Studies: Arts & Ideas
  • Liberal Studies: Capstone

Area(s) of Specialization

  • 19th Century America
  • Business and Economic History
  • History of Technology

Research and professional interests

18th and 19th century America, particularly the transition from pre-market economies to full market economies and the conflict associated with those transitions

Recent publications

Surveying in Early America: The Point of Beginning, (University of Cincinnati Press, June 2020)

Awards or recognition

Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow, 2014-2015

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