Adjunct Professor of History
Eric A. Lager specializes in Antebellum America, South Carolina, and the Civil War. A native of Chicago, he earned his B.A. in History at the University of Florida in 2003. There, he was awarded “Outstanding History Major” and also completed a minor concentration in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Eric worked for several years in the public history sector as an interpreter at Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota and then as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service at Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah Georgia.
In 2008, Eric earned his M.A. in History at Clemson University. His thesis, “Radical Politics in Revolutionary Times: The South Carolina Secession Convention and Executive Council of 1862” examined the relationship between power and executive authority in South Carolina during the height of the Civil War.
After working as an historical interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia, Eric began the Ph.D. program in History at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2011, working under the direction of Stephen V. Ash, a leading scholar of the American Civil War. His dissertation, tentatively titled “‘We Must Play Our Best”: The South Carolina Government in the Civil War” examines the efforts of the state legislature in prosecuting the war effort and addresses issues relating to civilian life on the South Carolina home front. Eric is currently in the process of completing this project while teaching at The Citadel.
Eric has served on panels at Clemson University, presented a paper at the American Culture Association in Boston, and was awarded the prestigious Milton Klein Fellowship at the University of Tennessee. When not teaching and researching, Eric enjoys hiking and snowboarding in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Ph.D. in History - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Research Interests: Antebellum America
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