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LTC Scott Buchanan

Dr. Buchanan is Professor of Political Science and the Executive Director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. He is the author of Some of the People Who Ate My Barbecue Didn't Vote for Me, the only published biography of Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin, who was a member of The Citadel Class of 1929.

Professor Buchanan is also co-author, along with Dr. Charles S. Bullock, III, and Dr. Ronald K. Gaddie of The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia's Progressive Politics. The book brings attention to the infamous 1947 Georgia "three governors" controversy.

Dr. Buchanan's most recent book, The Future Ain't What It Used to Be, is an edited volume, with Dr. Branwell DuBose Kapeluck, of the 2016 presidential election in the South. This edited volume is a compilation of book chapters produced by the leading scholars of Southern politics. 

Dr. Buchanan has also written articles on realignment in Southern politics and has been involved in oral histories of Georgia political figures of the 1950s and 1960s. In addition, Dr. Buchanan is a past president of the Georgia Political Science Association.

Professor Buchanan is the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki for 2019-2020.

In addition, Dr Buchanan is the 2015 recipient of the James A. Grimsley Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He teaches Southern politics, state and local government, political institutions, and elections. He is frequently interviewed by the national media including, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NPR, as well as a variety of state and regional media outlets. 


Contact Information:

Telephone:  843.953.4851


Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma)
M.A. (Auburn University)
A.B. (University of Georgia)

Vita:  Dr Buchanan's Vitae

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