Armstrong Professor Awarded $50,000 National Science Foundation Grant


(June 24, 2014) — Dr. Amy Potter, assistant professor of geography at Armstrong Atlantic State University, recently secured a $50,000 National Science Foundation Grant to fund research focusing on historic Southern plantation culture.

The study, titled “Transformation of American Southern Commemorative Landscapes,” will compare three major plantation regions including the Lowcountry area of coastal Georgia and South Carolina, the James River area in Virginia and the River Road District in southern Louisiana. The three-year research project will enable Potter and an Armstrong student to travel to various historic sites to participate in fieldwork and data collection.

“In addition to the research itself, I’m particularly excited to be able to provide an Armstrong student with a three-year research assistantship and the opportunity to conduct primary research alongside other faculty and graduate students at these three regional sites,” Potter said. “This is another example of faculty research beautifully aligning with Armstrong’s mission of putting our students first.”

The grant is part of a larger $445,000 award for a collaborative research project conducted by a team including Dr. David Butler, University of Southern Mississippi; Dr. Derek Alderman, University of Tennessee; Dr. Steve Hanna, University of Mary Washington; Dr. Perry Carter, Texas Tech University; and Dr. Arnold Modlin, Norfolk State University.

Potter joined Armstrong in 2013 and is an assistant professor in the university’s Department of History. She teaches a variety of geography courses including Cultural Geography, World Regional Geography, Environmental Geography, Tourism Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In addition, she serves as the secretary of the Study of the American South Specialty Group for the Association of American Geographers and will conduct fieldwork in the U.K. this summer alongside other NSF grant colleagues, focusing on tourism, slavery and museums.

Potter earned a Ph.D. in Geography from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Kansas and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Her research interests include cultural geography, colonialism, the African Diaspora, migration, communication geography and Southern plantations.

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