Dr. Patrick H. Cosby

pcosby amazonVisiting Assistant Professor of History
Office location: Neville Hall 108
Office phone: 864-833-7165
Office email: phcosby@presby.edu

Research Interests: Modern Latin America, History of Mexico, Environmental History, Postcolonial Theory, Indigenous Peoples and State Formation, Popular Culture

Teaching Interests: Colonial and Modern Latin American History, History of Mexico, Brazil and Cuba, Atlantic World, World History

Before joining the History faculty at PC, I taught at some of the largest universities in the country (UCF and UF), and I am excited to be a part of the community here in South Carolina.

I received a B.A. with High Honors in History from the University of Florida in 1999. I then completed an M.A. in Latin American History at the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2003, before returning to the University of Florida to complete my Ph.D. in Latin American history. My research has evolved from an interest in race, culture, and baseball in the Caribbean to an examination of issues of race, ethnicity, and power through the lens of environmental history. Competing notions of nature and the natural world represent one of the key cultural “fragments” that define our modern world.

In my teaching, I focus on how Latin American and other experiences both contribute to and complicate notions of progress and Western Civilization. I hope that learning about other cultures and other peoples inspires us to think about our place in the world with empathy and humility. Here at PC, I offer courses in Latin American History and World History to help students find their own paths as they move into their new roles as global citizens.

I have been lucky enough to spend time in Mexico and Brazil. I have eaten some amazing food, met wonderful people, and seen some astounding places. I am excited to add the Upstate of South Carolina to my list of adventures.