Madison Cates

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Madison Cates

Associate Co-Director of Baruch Institute for South Carolina Studies

Madison Cates is an Assistant Professor of History at Coastal Carolina. Before coming to CCU, he was a visiting instructor at Georgia Southern University after receiving his Ph.D from the University of Florida in 2020. His research examines the relationship between the Black Freedom Struggle and the American environmental movement, with a focus on the coastal Southeast. This work includes a 2021 article about environmental justice issues on Hilton Head Island during the early 1970s, which appeared in the interdisciplinary journal, Southern Cultures.

Dr. Cates is currently working on a book manuscript about local movements for environmental and economic justice in South Carolina since the 1960s. In the classroom, he enjoys exploring digital humanities tools and teaching courses on the history of the Civil Rights Movement, race and memory in the New South, and American environmental history.

As a new Co-Director of the Baruch Institute in 2022, he is excited to work with students, faculty, and the community to engage in conversations about how the past shapes the places and landscapes we inhabit.