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Dr. Michael Todd Landis
Dr. Landis

Social SciencesAssistant Professor of HistoryNance Hall 306803-536-8693

Michael Todd Landis

Dr. Michael Todd Landis is an assistant professor of history in the Department of Social Sciences at SC State University. He teaches courses on U.S. history and politics and serves on the College of Education, Humanities, & Social Sciences Communications Committee.


  • BA, Boston University, Double Major: History & Political Science, 2001
  • MA, Boston University, History, 2002
  • Ph.D., The George Washington University, History, 2011.


Landis joined the Bulldog family in 2022. He had taught history at colleges and universities in Florida, Nevada, Connecticut, Texas, and New York. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Saratoga County History Center (Ballston Spa, NY). Before entering academia, he was a professional musician and music instructor.

Research Interests

  • U.S. history
  • Slavery
  • Antebellum & Civil War Era
  • Politics & Partisanship
  • Public History


"US History to 1877"; "The African-American Experience"; "US Constitutional History, 1877-Present"; "Antebellum America, 1815-1860"; "Civil War & Reconstruction, 1860-1877"; "Police & Race in America"


Book: "Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis" (Cornell University Press, 2014).

Hobbies & Interests

Travel, cooking, movies, music and dogs. He also collects historical hats.