William K. Scarborough

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Scarborough's publications include The Overseer: Plantation Management in the Old South (1966, 1984), a three-volume edition ofThe Diary of Edmund Ruffin (vol. 1vol. 2vol. 3 published from 1972-89), and Masters of the Big House: Elite Slaveholders of the Mid-Nineteenth Century South (2003). The latter two works won the Jules and Frances Landry Award from the Louisiana State University Press. Scarborough is only the fourth author in the thirty-six year history of the award to have won it twice. He has also won the Willie D. Halsell Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society (1993) and the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award from the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration (2004).

From 1996 to 1998, Professor Scarborough was the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor in the Humanities. He has won excellence-in-teaching awards and faculty awards for research. He is a past president of the Mississippi Historical Society (1979), the St. George Tucker Society (2002-2003), the USM chapter of AAUP (2002-2003), and vice president of the State AAUP Conference (2002). In recognition of his long service to Southern Miss and his many contributions as a scholar and teacher, the Faculty Senate chose him in 2003 as the recipient of the University's first Grand Marshal Award and selected him as the University's representative at the 18th annual Higher Education Appreciation Day (HEADWAE) in Jackson on Feb. 15, 2005.

Bill Scarborough, now Professor Emeritus, continues to be an extremely active scholar. He is currently writing a biography of Robert F. W. Allston, a wealthy rice planter, longtime state senator, and governor from South Carolina, and his wife, Adele Petigru Allston, sister of distinguished Charleston attorney James L. Petigru, entitled The Allston’s of Chicora Wood: Wealth, Honor, and Gentility in the South Carolina Low Country.

Dr. Scarborough continues to teaches courses on the Old South, the Sectional Controversy and the Civil War, and Southern History.