An Armstrong professor just received a $50,000 grant to fund her research on historic Southern plantation culture.
Dr. Amy Potter, assistant professor of geography, received the National Science Foundation grant for the study "Transformation of American Southern Commemorative Landscapes." It will compare three major plantation regions including the 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," said a university spokesperson.
“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.
The grant is part of a larger award of $445,000 for a collaborative research project conducted by a team including professors from University of Southern Mississippi, University of Tennessee, University of Mary Washington, Texas Tech University, and 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 and serves as the secretary of the Study of the American South Specialty Group for the Association of American Geographers. This summer she will conduct fieldwork in the U.K. alongside other NSF grant colleagues, focusing on tourism, slavery and museums.