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David Mitchell

Assistant Professor, American History; Director, Race and Ethnic Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

Office Phone
Burris 04


Doctor of Philosophy, United States History, Auburn University
Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, Samford University



Dr. Mitchell specializes in the history in the 19th and 20th century U.S. South. His research focuses on the religious history of the region, and his current book project explores anti-Catholic sentiments among Southern Baptists from 1870-1920.” At times, he has served as an historical commentator on state and local issues for the Monroe Enquirer-Journal and Charlotte ABC News affiliate, WSOC-TV9.

He teaches GPS courses within Wingate’s core curriculum, as well as both sections of US History. His upper-level teaching experiences includes courses in African-American History, North Carolina History, Religion in American History, and the Civil War & Reconstruction.


On a more personal note, Dr. Mitchell's wife is a literature professor here at Wingate, and they have a son in elementary school. He enjoys being outdoors, especially when spending time in the garden. Years ago, he played college basketball, and although the old man's knees and ankles are worse for wear, he still enjoys the occasional game of HORSE.


Grants, Publications, Research and Writing Projects

  • David T. Mitchell, “The Making of a Modern Education: Methodists and Claflin University, 1865-1913,” Methodist History 55:4, July 2017: 265-277.
  • David T. Mitchell. "Anti-Catholicism in Arkansas: How Politicians, the Press, the Klan, and Religious Leaders Imagined an Enemy, 1910–1960 by Kenneth C. Barnes (review)." Journal of Southern History 84, no. 1 (2018): 200-202.
  • David T. Mitchell. "Sanctuaries of Segregation: The Story of the Jackson Church Visit Campaign” by Carter Dalton Lyon (review).” Methodist History 61, no. 3 (July 2018).
  • David T. Mitchell. “Southern White Ministers and the Civil Rights Movement” by Elaine Allen Lechtreck (review).” Methodist History 65, no. 3 (July 2019).
  • Lynn E. May Jr. Research Grant, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Nashville, TN; 2013-2014 recipient.


Selected Presentations

  • Speaker, “Monroe’s Church Community and the 1919 Crises of Faith,” Union County Historical Society, October 27, 2019
  • Speaker, “Social Issues and Wingate’s Faith History,” Faculty Professional Development Day, May 10, 2018
  • Plenary Speech: “Methodism and Black Education in South Carolina.” Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church. Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC (June 25, 2014)
  • Faculty Forum Presentation: “Identity Preserved: Anti-Catholicism in Southern Baptist Missions, 1870-1920.” Wingate University, Wingate, NC (October 23, 2008)
  • Keynote Address: “The South’s Many Souths.” The Fine Arts of Being Southern Colloquium. Wingate University, Wingate, NC (October 7, 2008)



  • Panel Moderator, An Oral History of Rosenwald Schools in Union County, NC, Union County Historical Society, Marshville Library, October 28, 2018.
  • Newspaper Interview: Interviewed by the Monroe Enquirer-Journal about Confederate monuments in North Carolina for an article, “Confederacy wanted ‘humans to remain as property’” (August 20, 2017)
  • Television Interview: Interviewed by Charlotte ABC News affiliate, WSOCTV Channel 9, on the historical context of South Carolinian Tim Scott as the first African-American Senator since Reconstruction (January 5, 2013)
  • Newspaper Interview: Interviewed by the Monroe Enquirer-Journal about the Civil War in North Carolina for an article, “Tax Day: County once printed notes to help soldiers pay taxes” (April 14, 2012)
  • Panel Moderator: "From Slavery to Freedom in the North Carolina Piedmont," Johnson C. Smith University (March 30, 2012)
  • Newspaper Interview: Interviewed by the Monroe Enquirer-Journal about cultural changes in the modern U.S. South, “A Celebration of the South” (October 8, 2008)