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Dr. Chris Nesmith

Associate Provost for Palmetto College Campuses and Dean of Extended University


B.A., University of Mississippi

M.A., University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Ph.D., University of South Carolina



Dr. Chris Nesmith, Dean of Extended University and Associate Provost, has responsibility for the administration of the Evening, Weekend, and Fort Jackson Programs; Adult Student Services; and Palmetto College, as well as assisting with academic affairs for regional campuses.


Research and/or Teaching Interests


Chris Nesmith’s research interests are primarily in nineteenth century American literature and culture, as well as young adult literature and children’s literature. He is currently working on projects that deal with nineteenth and early twentieth century travel writing for children and the construction of national identity. His teaching interests include online learning and incorporating technology into the classroom to improve student learning.


Courses Taught


ENGL 282
ENGL 285
ENGL 422
ENGL 431
ENGL 432


Recent Publications


“Young Americans Abroad: Jacob Abbott’s Rollo on the Grand Tour and Nineteenth-Century Travel Series Books.” Our Chums in the Family of Nations: Internationalism in Children’s Series (forthcoming).

“Dickinson’s ‘I Heard a Fly Buzz,’” The Explicator. 69. 4 (2011):  163-166.


Rev. of The Romance of the Holy Land in American Travel Writing, 1790-1876, by Brian Yothers. Studies in Travel Writing 14.2 (2010).


“Settling Down:  Staging Masculinity in Cooper’s PioneersJames Fenimore Cooper Society Newsletter,20.1 (spring 2009): 1, 5-9.


Recent Presentations


“’Back to Carolina’ and Degree Completion at the University of South Carolina,” Co-presenter:  Dr. Sally Boyd, Regional and Branch Campus Administrators Conference, Sarasota, FL, June 18, 2012.


“Traveling Slipstreams:  Travel Books for Children, National Identity, and the Uncanny,” Children’s Literature Association Conference, Simmons College, Boston, June 16, 2012.


“Reading Europe: Jacob Abbott’s Rollo on the Grand Tour,” International Society for Travel Writing, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, March 2012


“Teaching Democratic Citizenship through hands-On Assignments,” with Mary Hjelm,  Oktoberbest 2011: A Celebration of Teaching. Center for Teaching Excellence, University of South Carolina, October 14, 2011.


“Images and Imaginings:  Nineteenth-Century American Travel Literature for Children
and the Construction of National Identity,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, Atlanta, November, 2010


“’O Magnet-South’: the Transnational South in American Travel Writing for Children, 1815-1890,” International Society for Travel Writing, Columbia, South Carolina, September 23, 2010.


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