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Chris Caplinger - Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, GA, US

Chris Caplinger

Assistant Professor of History | Georgia Southern University


Areas of Expertise (4)

Racial Segregation in the United States

U.S. South

U.S. Presidency

Jimmy Carter

Accomplishments (2)

Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition


H. Dean Propst Outstanding Faculty Award, Student Government Association


Education (3)

Vanderbilt University: Ph.D. 2003

Vanderbilt University: M.A. 1995

Emory University: B.A. 1993

Media Appearances (4)

First-Year Experience at Georgia Southern takes an academic turn

Effingham Herald  online


“The philosophy adopted by the First-Year Experience Task Force emphasizes that the program must set a proper academic tone,” said Chris Caplinger, FYE director. “We need to articulate our academic expectations to incoming students right away, and one way to ensure this is to involve faculty with new students at the very beginning of their experience at Georgia Southern. Conversations with Professors will accomplish this.”

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‘Bulloch Bears Witness’ acknowledges lynching and legacy of racial violence

Statesboro Herald  online


A lynching does not necessarily involve hanging, but it is an extrajudicial killing. Dr. Chris Caplinger, a Georgia Southern assistant professor of history, said historians and social scientists generally define lynching as interracial murder, always occurring outside the legal system – though often with the knowledge and approval of legal authorities – committed by a group and justified by the perpetrators with an appeal to justice or tradition.

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E118 Segregation in the New South

Then Again Podcast  online


Segregation and its role in America, especially the American South, after the civil war is complicated and complex. Segregation was present in schools, churches, housing, and transportation. It was a part of daily life, but perhaps many do not understand the nuances and complexities that accompanied it. In this podcast, Marie speaks to Dr. Chris Caplinger, Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Southern University, about segregation in the New South from 1860-1914.

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Georgia Southern National Honor Society Chapter Earns Highest Honor at National Conference

Savannah CEO  online


“The Georgia Southern Phi Eta Sigma chapter is a group of well-rounded student-leaders who demonstrate best practices in their studies and organizational duties,” noted Chris Caplinger, Ph.D., faculty advisor to Phi Eta Sigma and director of First-Year Experience. “They are compassionate and excited to continue learning how they can improve the world around them.”

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Articles (3)

Developing a Topic-Centered First-Year Seminar with an Emphasis on Information Literacy at a Large Regional University

College and University Libraries

2013 In this article, the authors describe the process through which faculty and staff members at Georgia Southern University (GSU) have collaborated to revamp our First-Year Seminar. In 2006, a university task force reviewed results of GSU self-study data as well as best practices at other institutions to make recommendations for improvements to the first-year experience for our students. The task force made several recommendations that included significantly modifying our First-Year Seminar to include a focus on information literacy and to set a more academic tone. A set of online tutorials was developed to support the learning outcomes related to information literacy within the new seminar. The benefits and challenges of implementing this new seminar are discussed.

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Comparative-Historical Analysis and Scientific Inference: Disfranchisement in the U.S. South as a Test Case

Historical Methods


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The Politics of Trusteeship Governance: Jimmy Carter’s Fight for a Standby Gasoline Rationing Plan

Presidential Studies Quarterly


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