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John Hayes - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

John Hayes John Hayes

Associate Professor of History | Augusta University


Dr. Hayes is an expert in the history of the US South, with special focus on memory and commemoration, race and civil rights, and religion.



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Augusta University Explains the Confederate Flag Debate



John Hayes is a historian of the late 19th-20th century US South, with a focus on religion as it intersects with race and class. He teaches survey classes in US History and upper-level classes in Southern history, 19th and 20th century US History, and American religion. He is the author, most recently, of Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South (UNC, 2017) and "Deconstructing the Bible Belt" in Coffey and Skipper, eds., Navigating Souths (UGA, 2017). A native of Atlanta, he has been on the faculty since 2011.

Areas of Expertise (4)

U.S. South

Memory and Commemoration

Race and Civil Rights


Education (3)

University of Georgia: PhD, History 2007

Wake Forest University: BA, Philosophy and Religious Studies 1995

Duke University: MTS, Theology/Theological Studies 2000

Media Appearances (1)

Augusta plan to move Confederate monuments, change names inches forward

The Augusta Chronicle  online

Augusta University professor John Hayes outlined four reasons the city should take steps such as relocating the 76-foot Confederate monument from the 700 block of Broad Street to a city cemetery such as Magnolia. Many Confederate soldiers are buried at Magnolia Cemetery, their graves maintained by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The democratic argument is that “a critical mass of people want the Confederate monument moved,” and a petition quickly drew 10,000 signatures, Hayes said.

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