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Larry Grubbs

Senior Lecturer
Director of Undergraduate Advisement
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2003
phone: 404-413-6350
email: lgrubbs@gsu.edu

Dr. Grubbs studies American culture and international history. He is the author of Secular Missionaries: Americans and African Development in the 1960s (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010), a volume in the series Culture, Politics, and the Cold War. The book explores a period of intense American interest in “Africa” as an object of scholarship, diplomacy and economic development aid. His articles include “’Workshop of a Continent’: American Representations of Whiteness and Modernity in 1960s South Africa,” Diplomatic History 32:3 (June 2008), and “Bringing ‘The Gospel of Modernization’ to Nigeria: American Nation Builders and Development Planning in the 1960s,” Peace and Change 31:3 (Summer 2006). Currently, he is working on sensory history (the role of the five senses in social and cultural perception),  U.S. Cold War culture, and the life of John F. Kennedy.

Dr. Grubbs is the adviser for History majors as well as BIS major with a concentration in International Studies.

Selected Publications and Awards

Secular Missionaries: Americans and African Development in the 1960s (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010).

“'Workshop of a Continent’: American Representations of Whiteness and Modernity in 1960s South Africa,” Diplomatic History 32:3 (June 2008).

“Bringing ‘The Gospel of Modernization’ to Nigeria: American Nation Builders and Development Planning in the 1960s,” Peace and Change 31:3 (Summer 2006).

Franklin Teaching Fellowship, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 2004-2007.

Moody Research Grant, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library Foundation, Austin, Texas, 2004.

Kennedy Research Grant, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts, 2004.