Scott Huffard
  • Scott Huffard
  • Program Coordinator of History, Associate Professor

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  • Phone: 828.898.3492
  • Office: North Carolina Building, Office 10
  • Department: Academics


PhD, University of Florida
MA, Univesity of Florida

Common Courses Taught

U.S. and the World
Foundations of World Civilization
American Civil War and Reconstruction
History of the South
Problems in U.S. History

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

I am a nineteenth century American historian, and though I enjoy teaching courses on a wide range of topics, my research focuses specifically on the expansion, consolidation, and systemization of railroads in the South in the decades after the Civil War. More broadly, I am interested in the cultural history of capitalism, and on how capitalism expands both as an economic and cultural system. So my work uses the railroad to examine debates over the reconstruction of capitalism. Beyond this project, I am also interested in questions of historical memory, and on how the history of the South and of the Civil War is used and abused.

I have published articles from my work in Southern Cultures and the Journal of Southern History, and I have presented my research at major conferences such as the Southern Historical Association and Business History Conference. I currently am working to publish this research as a manuscript.

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

As program coordinator for history I am responsible for rebuilding and growing the history major and minor. So in addition to teaching, I make decisions about course offerings and the history curriculum, I promote the history program, and I advise history majors on their schedules and future plans. One of my favorite things about teaching at Lees-McRae is the opportunity to teach a wide range of courses, and it has been fun working to overhaul the history curriculum to make it more innovative and relevant to students in both the history program and other programs at Lees-McRae.

Personal Interests

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy writing history and reading both fiction and non-fiction. I also try to enjoy the surrounding area and stay as active as possible. I am an avid cyclist, and I love exploring new roads and old rail-trails on my bike. I play the banjo and I am a huge music fan, so I always am on the hunt for new bands to check out, and I try my best to get to as many live shows as possible.