William D. Bryan, Ph.D.
2013 - Ph.D. in History, The Pennsylvania State University
2009 - M.A. in History, The Pennsylvania State University
2007 - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science, Furman University
Dr. William D. Bryan earned a Ph.D. in history in 2013 and is an expert on the history of the American South. He has researched and published articles on topics related to the racial dynamics of the South, the politics of natural resource conservation, the environmental justice movement, and the effects of development on coastal communities in the Lowcountry. His award-winning dissertation on the South was published as a peer-reviewed book by the University of Georgia Press in 2018, entitled The Price of Permanence: Nature and Business in the New South. Dr. Bryan has taught more than two dozen college history courses at Emory University, Georgia State University, and Penn State.
William S. Cossen, Ph.D.
2016 - Ph.D. in History, The Pennsylvania State University
2012 - M.A. in History, The Pennsylvania State University
2008 - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science, Emory University
Dr. William S. Cossen earned a Ph.D. in history in 2016, and is an expert on religion and nationalism. He has published extensively on the antebellum South, including on religious democratization in antebellum South Carolina; honor culture, masculinity, and violence in Charleston and Savannah; and the southeastern religious press in the Old South. Dr. Cossen’s doctoral dissertation on religion, race, ethnicity, and nationalism is under peer review at a university press. He teaches U.S. history and government at The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, the top-ranked public high school in Georgia, and is the online book review editor for the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.