Jeff Frederick serves as the Provost at Wingate University and also holds the rank of Professor of History. Frederick came to Wingate in 2020 after serving as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Department of History, Faculty Athletic Representative, and Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. As Provost, Frederick coordinates the academic enterprises of the university including the colleges, schools, programs, and student affairs functions. He speaks frequently across the South on a variety of topics related to southern history and his work has appeared in a variety of traditional, electronic, and media platforms.
Married to Melinda, he has three sons, Logan, Jack (and wife Brittany), and Quinton.
As a scholar, Frederick is an historian of the American South who specializes in the relationship between politics and society. He has published on a variety of southern history topics including interest groups, southern culture and identity, southern governors during the civil rights era, the role of evangelicals in politics, Deep South party politics, sport and race, and NASCAR.
- Stand up For Alabama: Governor George Wallace. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007.
- “Hearts and Minds: Race, Sport, and Assimilation in the Civil Rights Era South,” Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians, v. 24, published, 2016.
- “The Shadow Remains: Victimization, the Gospel of Decline, and other Southern Ingredients in the 21st Century Political Culture,” Alabama Review, 2016.
- “End of a Life Cycle: The Decline and Fall of Southern Evangelical Political Authenticity,” in Evangelicals and Presidential Politics: From Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump, forthcoming in LSU Press, 2020.
- “Shifting Sands: Congressman Charlie Rose, Tribal, Federal, and State Politics, and the History of Lumbee Recognition, 1956-2020,” accepted, North Carolina Historical Review, forthcoming in 2020.
- “Roots and Branches: Lessons from the South in the path to American Independence,” Daughters of the American Revolution Annual Event, 2020.
- “Bubba, Charlie Rose, and Big Tobacco: Southern Politics and the Decline of the Blue Dogs, 1972-1996,” 3rd Annual Center for Political History Annual Conference,” 2019.
- “Understanding Wallaceism: Southern Politics and Politicians in the Civil Rights Era, Neither Gone nor Forgotten,” Southern Historical Association, 2018.
- “New Strategies for Agricultural Sciences Programming in Minority Serving Institutions,” 14th Annual Minority Farmers and Land Owners Conference.2018
- “Balance Point: Finding the Place to draw a Healthy Boundary,” Presentation to UNC System New Department Chairs, William Friday Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 2018.
Interesting Fact About Me
FUN FACTS: Outside of work, I run (more slowly each year), rarely pass up an open shot in half-court basketball, write, read, and enjoy grilling and smoking BBQ.