Dr. Christopher M. Kennedy

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Dr. Christopher M. Kennedy

Vice President for Student Life
Professor of History

Office: UC 205B
Phone: 843-661-1557
Email: CKennedy@fmarion.edu


Dr. Kennedy joined the Francis Marion University faculty in 2006. He became chair of the History Department in 2012 and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Director of Graduate Programs in 2016. Dr. Kennedy was awarded the Faculty award for Excellence in Teaching 2016.

Dr. Kennedy became the Vice President for Student Life July 2019.

Dr. Kennedy has presented papers both nationally and internationally, including, Portugal, Hungry and Saint Patrick’s College, the Marino Institute in Ireland, and the New England Historical Association. Additionally, he has published a number of book reviews including for the journal Providence: Studies in Western Civilization as well as a book, Genesis of the Rising 1912-1916: A Transformation of Nationalist Opinion (Peter Lang, 2009). His main research interests are in early modern, modern Irish history and the history of the British Empire. When not teaching, Dr. Kennedy enjoys traveling, camping, fishing, hiking, running, kayaking, and spending time with his family.


PhD., University College Cork, National University of Ireland

M.A, Providence College

B.A, Northern Michigan University

Courses Taught: 

European History to the French Revolution

European History since the French Revolution

Medieval Europe

Modern Ireland

The British Empire

Modern British Isles

Europe 1814-1914

Senior Thesis



FMU has the lowest cost of attendance of any college in South Carolina, based on rankings from CollegeFactual.com.

Meaningful Academics

The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’ve developed an array of professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

The Right Size

The University keeps class sizes small because that’s the environment that best facilitates learning. A 15:1 student-professor ratio, and a student enrollment of 4,000 provides the perfect balance to enhance learning and still promote a diverse selection of programs.


Students can walk our lovely, tree-lined campus in about 30-45 minutes, but most take longer because in a place this beautiful, you want to stop and enjoy nature’s beauty.


Francis Marion University has been recognized for six straight years as a “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll university. Read more here.


Francis Marion University is ranked among Washington Monthly’s “Best Masters Universities” in the magazine’s latest ranking.


Francis Marion University has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Most Affordable Colleges and Universities in America by Study.com two years running.


Francis Marion University is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report.


Francis Marion University is consistently ranked among the Best Ethnically Diverse Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report.



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Street Address:
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