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John Inscoe named Albert B. Saye Professor of History

John Inscoe, a faculty member noted for his work in Southern history at UGA since 1984, has been named Albert B. Saye Professor of History.

He succeeds David Roberts, who retired, as holder of the chair named for one of UGA’s most distinguished professors.

“I am very honored to hold a chair named for Dr. Saye, who made such a significant mark on the study of Georgia history and politics during his long, distinguished career here at UGA,” Inscoe said.

Albert Saye began his career at UGA in 1939 when he was appointed an instructor in history. He was later named an assistant professor of political science and became an Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor and then Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science. He was widely known as a leading authority on state and federal constitutional law and was the author of numerous books and articles. Saye died in 1989.

A native of Morganton, N.C., Inscoe earned his bachelor’s degree at Davidson College and his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After arriving at UGA, he became a full professor in 1998 and University Professor in 2005.

The author of numerous books and articles, Inscoe has served as the editor of the online New Georgia Encyclopedia since its founding in 1999. He has edited or co-edited many books, and his volume The New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia’s Civil War also will be out in 2011

Since 2000 he has served as the secretary-treasurer of the Southern Historical Association, the administrative office of which has long been based at UGA.

He also teaches courses on the antebellum South, Southern race relations, multicultural Georgia and the South on film. He has won awards both for his teaching and was last year’s recipient of the Lothar Tresp Award for excellence for excellence in teaching Honors courses.