Lee Willis

Title: Department Chair and Associate Professor
Office: CCC 477B
Phone: (715) 346-4478
Fax: (715) 346-4489



Ph.D., US History, Florida State University
M.A., American Studies
, Florida State University
B.A., History, University of the South 


Race and Ethnicity in the United States; the American South


HIST 176 - United States to 1877
HIST 177 - United States since 1877
HIST 288 - Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States
HIST 289 - African American History to 1877
HIST 290 - African American History since 1877
HIST 310 - Slavery in the Americas
HIST 388 - The Civil War Era
HIST 395 - Age of Jackson
HIST 395 - Alcohol and Drugs in the United States
HIST 489 - The Black Atlantic

Select Publications

  • Southern Prohibition: Race, Reform, and Public Life in Middle Florida, 1821-1920 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011).
  • "Creating a Lost Cause: Prohibition and Confederate Memory in Apalachicola, Florida" in Southern Studies 12 (Vol. 3-4, 2005): 55-74.
  • "Secession Sanctified: Bishop Francis Huger Rutledge and the coming of the Civil War in Florida" in Florida Historical Quarterly 82 (vol. 4, 2004) 421-437.
  • Book reviews for Church History, Journal of American Ethnic History; Journal of Southern History; Michigan Historical Review, H-South, H-CivWar, and H-Florida.

Works in Progress

  • "The Clandestine Slave Trade in the Gulf South, 1808-1861"

Honors and Awards

  • UW- System Fellow. University of Wisconsin Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 2011-2012.
  • University Teaching Award, UW- Stevens Point. 2010-2011.
  • Edward C. and Marie H. Kingsbury Fellowship, 2005-2006

Professional Affiliation

  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Southern Historical Association (SHA)
  • Society of Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR)
  • Florida Historical Society (FHS)


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