Dr. Dwain C. Pruitt joins the OUR beginning Spring 2013!
Dwain C. Pruitt received his B.A. in History and French from Wofford College and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in early modern European history from Emory University. Dr. Pruitt comes to the Office for Undergraduate Research from Morgan State University, where he served as the College of Liberal Arts’ Associate Dean for Administration. He has held faculty appointments at Rhodes College, Georgia Gwinnett College and Morgan State University.
Dr. Pruitt’s research focuses on the lived experience of race and slavery in eighteenth-century France. His work traces the historical evolution of—and increasingly-paranoid French responses to—a small community of enslaved and free persons of color in Nantes, France’s major slaving port. His findings have been presented at several regional, national and international conferences, including the conferences of the American Historical Association, the Western Society for French History, French Historical Studies, the French Colonial Historical Society and Black European Studies. Dr. Pruitt’s research has also been published in French Historical Studies, the leading French history journal in North America.
Dr. Pruitt’s primary area of research and teaching is early modern Europe, but he also conducts research in—and offers courses about—the history of comic books and animation. He has reviewed works on comics history for professional journals and, most recently, presented his original research on Marvel Comics’ Black Panther character at Juniata College’s Sequential SmART conference. He has also offered courses on Atlantic World history, African-American history and film, and the African Diaspora.