Professor of Sociology; Sociology & Anthropology Department Chair
Sociology / Academic
- Hopkins Center 216
B.A., Furman University
M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I have enjoyed teaching at Austin College since September of 1994. Our students reward careful and creative teaching, and the college encourages innovative ideas in a context of complete academic freedom. It would be difficult to find a teaching environment more likely to reward a commitment to undergraduates and their academic success.
I regularly teach Soc101 (Introduction to Sociology), a requirement for a number of upper-level offerings: Soc240 (Social Theory); Soc270 (Research Methods); Soc345 (Sociology of Religion); and Soc445 (Issues in Higher Education).
Moreover, in recent years I have created a number of other well-received courses: Soc350 (Social Movements–The Tea Party); Soc350 (Social History of American Education–K-12); Soc350 (Child Labor in America); Soc350 (Regional Sociology–the American South); and Soc405 (Writing Workshop).
Recent January Term courses have included the Death Penalty in the United States; Lynching in the American South; and the Social and the Cultural Context of the Holocaust.
For years I have researched a number of facets of religious and labor history in the American South. This is best exemplified by a book manuscript I am currently researching and writing (during my 2016 sabbatical): A More Perfect Union: Industrial Democracy in the Riverside and Dan River Mills of Virginia, 1919-1931.
Bart Dredge, “Welfare in the Early Twentieth Century South: Industrial Betterment in the South Carolina Textile Industry,” special issue “History of Social Work and Social Welfare in the American South,” Iris Carlton-LaNey and Tanya Smith Brice (eds.), Arete: An International Journal of Social Work History, 31 (January 2007): 86-102.
Bart Dredge, “Company Schooling in the New South,” Lawrence Peter Hollis and the Parker Mill Schools in South Carolina,” Vitae Scholasticae: Journal of Educational Biography 25 (Winter 2008 [Anniversary Issue] ): 17-38.
Bart Dredge, “Company Magazines and the Creation of Industrial Cooperation: A Case Study from the Southern Textile Industry, 18801-1940,” special issue on “Company Magazines, Work and Organizations,” Stefan Schwarzkopf (ed.), Management and Organizational History, 3 (3) (2008): 273-288.
Bart Dredge, “Contradictions of Corporate Benevolence: Industrial Libraries in the Southern Textile Industry, 1920-1945,” Libraries & the Cultural Record, 43 (3) (2008): 308-326.
Bart Dredge, “In Defense of White Supremacy: David Clark and the Southern Textile Bulletin, 1911-1955,” North Carolina Historical Review 89 (January 2012): 59-91.
Bart Dredge, (with Cayce Tabor), “Dreams Deferred: White Reaction to Langston Hughes’ Depression-Era Educational Tour of the South,” Vitae Scholasticae: Journal of Educational Biography 29 (Summer 2012): 4-22.
Bart Dredge, “David Clark’s ‘Campaign for Enlightenment:’ Child Labor, and the Farmers States’ Rights League,” North Carolina Historical Review 91 (January 2014): 30-62.
Bart Dredge, “Company Schooling in the New South: Lawrence Peter Hollis and the Parker Mill Schools in South Carolina,” pp. 23-44 in Linda C. Morice and Laurel Puchner, Life Stories: Exploring Issues in Educational History Through Biography, (IAP, 2014) [invited contribution of earlier published article].
Bart Dredge (with Cayce Tabor), “Dreams Deferred: White Reaction to Langston Hughes’ Depression-Era Educational Tour of the South,” pp. 45-66 in Linda C. Morice and Laurel Puchner, Life Stories: Exploring Issues in Educational History Through Biography, (IAP, 2014) [invited contribution of earlier published article].
Bart Dredge, “Mastery of a Life: Reading Paula R. Backsheider and the Writing of Modern Biography,” [Invited contribution to special issue on “Biographical Meanderings”], Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography 31 (December 2014): 92-106.