Wofford College honors Dr. Kenneth Banks as its 2019 SCICU Excellence In Teaching award winner. An associate professor of Atlantic world history, Dr. Banks holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University (Canada).
Dr. Banks’s current courses at Wofford share an abiding concern with the challenges of integration, cooperation, and violence between peoples in motion. These courses include Atlantic revolutionary eras, global histories of slavery and piracy, the peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa, and American legal history.
Prior to joining the Wofford faculty, Dr. Banks taught undergraduate and graduate courses in English and French at Canada’s bilingual University of Ottawa.
Dr. Banks has held several fellowships, including at Harvard University, the Gilder Lerhman Institute, the American Antiquarian Society, and most recently at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. His first book, “Chasing Empire Across the Sea: Communications and the State in the French Atlantic” (2002), won the Heggoy Prize for Best Book in French Colonial history in France, and was short-listed for two other major awards in two other countries. He is nearing completion of a second book on the world of Atlantic smuggling.
While Dr. Banks contributes to ongoing discussions in a variety of departmental and campus-related issues, above all he loves teaching and advising students at Wofford, and working closely with them to improve their written work.