Eric Steagall

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Email Address:
esteagall3@gatech.edu
Office Location:
Old Civil Engineering Building, 221 Bobby Dodd Way

Overview

Originally hailing from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Eric spent five and a half years at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees. It was during this initial graduate program at Mizzou when Eric discovered his interest in southern history, particularly in regard to segregation and the civil rights movement; ideas pertaining to the Lost Cause and the New South; and the sociocultural impacts of sports across the region during the twentieth century.

After completing his thesis on the Birmingham News' coverage of Bear Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide between 1961-1966 in December 2016, Eric soon realized his academic curiosities were not going away.  He decided to abandon a career in marketing and advertising for one that would train him to become an historian. Moving from Chicago to Atlanta midway through 2019, Eric went on to enroll in Georgia Tech's PhD program in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science that fall.  He has served as the Teaching Assistant for the following courses: U.S. History since Reconstruction with Dr. Douglas Flamming, Social Movements with Dr. Bill Winders, and History of Sports in America with Dr. Johnny Smith.

Currently, Eric is working on a research project that centers on the ways in which American sportswriters constructed the public image of amateur golfer Bobby Jones during the 1920s.

Eric enjoys playing golf, being around friends and family (preferably outside), and watching sports in his spare time.

Education:
  • Master of Arts, University of Missouri
  • Bachelor of Journalism (Cum Laude), University of Missouri

Interests

Research Fields:
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
Geographic
Focuses:
  • United States
  • United States - Southeast
Issues:
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Historiography
  • History and Memory
  • Journalism
  • Sports