Dr. Bobby Donaldson is an Associate Professor of History, and the Director of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research, at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. He received his undergraduate degree in History and African American Studies from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in American History from Emory University. Previously, he held fellowships at Dartmouth College and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
In addition to teaching and publishing articles and essays on African American education, religion, and civil rights, Donaldson has served as a curator and consultant for numerous museum exhibitions, historic preservation projects, oral histories, documentary films and archival collections.
Dr. Donaldson and his students received the Helen Kohn Hennig Prize awarded by the Historic Columbia Foundation for their documentary project on the Ward One community in downtown Columbia. In 2010, he received a Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. Presently, Dr. Donaldson is a member of Wesleyan University’s Board of Trustees and the NAACP.