Melissa DeVelvis

Assistant Professor

Melissa DeVelvis

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy



Teaches military history, public history, women's history. Specializes in 19th century South, Civil War era, women and gender studies.



  • Ph.D., History, Other University of South Carolina -, 2020

  • BA, English Language and Literatur University of Georgia, 2014

Awards & Honors

  • 2022-3 Research Fellow Center for Social Sciences Research, Augusta University, 2022

  • Washington Library Fellow Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, 2021

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • HIST 3060

    Public History
  • HIST 2111

    United States to 1877
  • HIST 2112H

    Honors: US since 1877
  • HIST 3491

    Military History of the US
  • HIST 2112

    United States since 1877


Selected Recent Publications

  • Review of The Women’s Fight: The Civil War Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation by Thavolia Glymph , 2021
    Book Review
  • “Enslaved Children, Trauma, and ‘American Family Values:’ A Recap of the 2021 Southern’s SAWH Keynote., 2021
  • “May the Lord Shield and Protect Us from the Terrible Storm Ahead of Us”: Elite South Carolina Women's Anticipation of Secession and War, 1860–1861, 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Department Service

  • Internships Committee 2021 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Tenure Track Assistant Professor of African American History Search Committee 2021 - 2022

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Guard House Museum Committee 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Women and Gender Studies 2021 - Present

    Role: Other

Professional Service

  • South Carolina Historical Association 2022 - Present

    Role: Officer, Vice President
  • Society for Civil War Historians 2021 - Present

    Role: Mentor
  • Southern Association for Women Historians 2020 - Present

    Role: Officer, Other Officer