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Palmetto College

Faculty and Staff

Janet Hudson, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor of History
Associate Faculty Director for Innovative Teaching
Department: Extended University
Palmetto College
Phone: 803-777-9474

901 Sumter Street, 604B
Byrnes Building
Columbia, SC 29208

Janet Hudson


Janet Hudson is two-time winner of the Stephen L. Dalton Distinguished Teacher Award, author of the prize-winning book, Entangled by White Supremacy and faculty professional development facilitator with USC’s Center for Teaching Excellence.

She has extensive experience teaching American history in a variety of formats—face-to-face, two-way video, blended, flipped, and fully online.  Hudson is most engaged by student-centered teaching strategies and encourages other faculty to explore active learning approaches.  Her current research project explores African American soldiers who serviced in World War I. Her professional development passion is coaching and supporting faculty to innovate their teaching and learning. 

Current Scholarship—Digital Humanities Project: “Black Soldiers Mattered: North Carolina’s Unheralded African American Soldiers from the Great War”

Imagine yourself exploring an interactive exhibit at a museum, a public event, a conference or workshop. This exhibit connects you with an ancestor or community member two or three generations back that you had not known was a soldier in the Great War. This interactive exhibit allows you to trace this young man’s century-old journey from his induction, to his stateside train camp, through his shipment to France, and continues until his safe return home in 1919 or until his death. You learn about his unit, where they trained, how they contributed to the war effort, what particular hardships they faced, if and how he was injured, and even perhaps how and when he died. You are able to visualize this with the exhibit’s digital map and timeline that simultaneous illustrates his journey across time and space. Moreover, you can see a digital version of his actual “Statement of Service Card” that includes all the information about his wartime experience on one card.

Previous ScholarshipEntangled by White Supremacy: Reform in World War I-Era South Carolina. Series: New Directions in Southern History. University Press of Kentucky, 2009 won the 2010 George C. Rogers, Jr. Award for Best Book on South Carolina History published in 2009.  

In Entangled by White Supremacy, Hudson explains why white southerners failed to construct a progressive society while maintaining a racially segregated one. Her narrative charts the interplay of black and white reformers as they pursued their competing expectations for progress and explains how every facet of the World War I homefront effort—the military draft, mobilization of civilians, new military training camps, labor shortages, black out migration, and the woman suffrage debate–became entangled by white supremacy. 

SELECT Publications & SELECT Presentations:

Entangled by White Supremacy: Reform in World War I-Era South Carolina. Series: New Directions in Southern History. University Press of Kentucky, 2009

Book Chapters:
FORTHCOMING: “Black North Carolinian Soldiers in the Great War: A Microcosm of the National African American Experience,” chapter in North Carolina During the First World War, 1914-1922, University of Tennessee Press. 2017

FORTHCOMING: “The Great War and Expanded Equality?: Black Carolinians Test Boundaries” chapter in The American South and the Great War, 1914-1924, Louisiana State University Press, 2017

Chapter in Winfred O. Moore, Jr. and Orville Vernon Burton, editors, Toward ‘The Meeting of the Waters: Currents in the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina. “Conflicting Expectations: White and Black Anticipations of Opportunities in World War I Era South Carolina.” University of South Carolina Press, 2008. 

Book Reviews:

Terence Finnegan. A Deed So Accursed: Lynching in Mississippi and South Carolina, 1881-1940. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013) in Journal of Southern History (November 2014): 1000-02.

Robert Cassanello, To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013) in American Historical Review (October 2014): 1278-79.

Jason Morgan Ward. Defending White Democracy: The Making of a Segregationist Movement and the Remaking of Racial Politics, 1936-1965.” (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011) in American Historical Review (October 2012): 1252-53. 

History Conference Presentations:

"Why Didn't WWI Change the South?: Centennial Examination of  Black Carolinians Expectations of the Great War," Keynote Address for Palmetto Connections Symposium: Aiken, SC, April 9, 2016.

“Black North Carolinians As Soldiers In The Great War: A Microcosm of the National African American Experience,” in the panel “North Carolina during the First World War: (dis)Organizing Southern Inclusiveness,” American Historical Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. January 9, 2016

“Envisioning Opportunity in the Great War: Black Carolinians Seize the Moment,” Keynote Address for HOTCUS Symposium: “Dixie’s Great War: the American South and World War I,” at the University of Portsmouth, UK, February 28, 2014

“White Supremacy Shapes Progressive-Era Reform: Democracy at Work in South Carolina,” Keynote Address at the South Carolina Historical Association Annual Meeting, Columbia, South Carolina, March 3, 2012.

Professional Development Conference Presentations:

“Prior Knowledge: Identify and Correct Misperceptions that Hinder Learning”
                Teaching Professor Conference, Washington, D.C., June 4, 2016

 “Habits Highly Effective Leaders Practice to be Productive and Have Peace of Mind,”
                Women’s Leadership Institute, University of South Carolina, April 27, 2016

 “Student Learning and Its Implications for Our Teaching,” Workshop Invited Guest
                Greenville Technical College Faculty—Greenville, SC, March 11, 2016


Janet G. Hudson, Ph.D. full C.V.

Entangled by White Supremacy: Reform in World War I-Era South Carolina

Interview--History of White Supremacy in South Carolina on "Letters and Politics" on KPFA, Berkeley, CA, June 22, 2015

Feature Story "The Unanticipated Obstacle to Learning," February 2016