Alumnus (Graduate Program)

Basic Information

Curriculum Vitae:

James Hill Welborn III (Trae) completed his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in May 2014. He studies the moral ethics of honor and religious piety in the 19th-Century South, with a particular focus on the evolving cultural meanings of and reactions to masculine vice and violence. His dissertation, entitled “Drinkin’, Fightin’, Prayin’: The Southern White Male in the Civil War Era,” used Edgefield, South Carolina as a window into the development of righteous honor, the ethical ideal he argues was at the heart of southern manhood and identity during the era. He has co-authored an article with Stephen Berry entitled “The Cane of his Existence: Depression, Damage, and the Brooks-Sumner Affair” published in Southern Cultures. Another article entitled “Dispensing the Progressive State: Benjamin Tillman’s South Carolina State Dispensary” was published in The Social History of Alcohol & Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal. He has reviewed works for The Journal of American Ethnic History, The Journal of Southern Religion, Southern Historian, The Journal of the Civil War Era, The North Carolina Historical Quarterly, Civil War History, and The Civil War Monitor.

Selected Publications:

Berry, Stephen, and James (Trae) Welborn. ““The Cane Of His Existence: Depression, Damage, And The Brooks-Sumner Affair””. Southern Cultures Volume 20.No. 4 (2014): n. pag. Print.

Welborn, James (Trae). “Drinkin', Fightin', Prayin': The Southern White Male In The Civil War Era”. Stephen Berry. 2014: n. pag. Print.

Welborn, James (Trae). “Dispensing The Progressive State: Benjamin Tillman's South Carolina State Dispensary”. The Social History of Alcohol & Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal Vol. 27.No. 1 (2013): n. pag. Print.

Welborn, James (Trae). “Union Blockade And Coastal Occupation In The Civil War”. The Civil War In Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion. 2011. Web.    a


PhD, University of Georgia, History 2014

MA, Clemson University, History 2007

BA, Clemson University, History 2005

Of note:

Short-Term Research Fellowship, Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South, W.S. Hoole
Special Collections Library, University of Alabama, 2014-2015

Graduate Research Award, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia, 2013

Gregory Graduate Research Award, UGA History Department, 2013

Gregory Graduate Research Award, UGA History Department, 2012

Gregory Graduate Research Award, UGA History Department, 2011

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, UGA History Department, Recognition of outstanding performance of Teaching Assistant Responsibilities, 2010

Future Faculty Program, UGA Center for Teaching and Learning, Career Development Program for award-winning teaching assistants accepted into program, 2010