Dr. Melanie Pavich

Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary and Historical Studies
College Writing Coordinator
Department of Liberal Studies


  • B.A., History, Agnes Scott College, 1993
  • M.A., History, Clemson University, 1996
  • Ph.D., Social Foundations of Education, University of Georgia, 2010

Research and professional interests

Melanie Pavich’s research is focused on race and gender in the South during the nineteenth and early twentieth century and includes the study of African American education and teachers. She has developed research and service learning based courses for undergraduate students centered on the study of African American communities and schools in Georgia. Student research includes an oral interview and producing a digital story based on their interview and contributes to the preservation of African American history and life in coastal Georgia by becoming part of two permanent archives on St. Simons Island.

Recent publications

Dr. Pavich’s publications include Anna: The Letters of a St. Simons Island Plantation Mistress, 1817-1859 in 2002 by the University of Georgia Press and Look Back with Lisa Tuttle and Lynn Marshall Linnemeier in 2002 by Nexus Press. She is currently working on a biography of Martha Schofield a teacher of African Americans in South Carolina from 1865 to 1916.

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