Dr. Lacy Ford
Senior Vice Provost
Dr. Lacy Ford is a Professor of History and Senior Vice Provost at the University of South Carolina, where he specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century southern history. As Senior Vice Provost, he is responsible for coordinating and advancing the University's distance education programs within the colleges and schools on the Columbia and Regional campuses. He also serves as the principal liaison between the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School.
Dr. Ford is twice a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow and an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellow. He is the author most recently of Deliver Us From Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South published by Oxford University Press in September 2009. The book was reviewed by Ira Berlin in the September 20, 2009 issue of the New York Times Book Review. Ford's earlier scholarship has earned a number of national and regional awards, including the Southern Historical Association's Francis Butler Simkuins Book Prize for his Origins of Southern Radicalism: The South Carolina Upcountry, 1800-1860 (Oxford University Press, 1988), and the Organization of American Historians' Louis Pelzer Prize for his article "Rednecks and Merchants: Economic Development and Social Tensions in the South Carolina Upcountry 1865-1900," in the Journal of American History.
In addition to these fellowships and awards, Ford has served on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Southern History and the Journal of the Early Republic. At USC, Ford teaches every level of American History from large introductory surveys through upper level undergraduates to graduate students; he has successfully directed ten dissertations. He has also served two terms as President of USC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and for a decade served as faculty advisor to the USC Presbyterian Student Association.