Gregory Nobles

Professor Emeritus

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  • School of History and Sociology
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Dr. Gregory Nobles, Professor Emeritus of history, came to Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Sciences in 1983, and he spent 33 years at Georgia Tech as a specialist in early American history and environmental history. In addition to teaching, he also served in three administrative positions, as Associate Dean of the Ivan Allen College (1994-1996), Chair of the School of History, Technology, and Society (1996-2001), and Founding Director of the Georgia Tech Honors Program (2005-2014). He held two Fulbright professorships, as Senior Scholar in New Zealand (1995) and as the John Adams Chair in American History in The Netherlands (2002), and has received numerous research grants, including three from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and residential fellowships at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, the American Antiquarian Society, the Huntington Library, the Princeton University Library, and the Newberry Library. In 2004 he was named to the Distinguished Lectureship Program of the Organization of American Historians and, for 2005-2008, was elected to the Advisory Council of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR); more recently, he has also served SHEAR as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Early Republic and as a member of the SHEAR Book Prize committee. After retiring from Georgia Tech, Nobles was the 2016-2017 Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American Antiquarian Society, and for the 2018-2019 academic year, the Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. His latest books are John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) and The Education of Betsey Stockton: An Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (University of Chicago Press, 2022).

Please note: Dr. Nobles no longer uses Georgia Tech email ( If you would like to contact him, please do so at or 404.401.1110.

  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • AB, Princeton University
Areas of
  • American Revolution
  • Early American History
  • Environmental History


Research Fields:
  • Agriculture, Health, and the Environment
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
  • Australia/ New Zealand
  • North America
  • United States
  • Environment
  • Inequality and Social Justice


  • HIST-2111: United States to 1877
  • HTS-2013: Modern America
  • HTS-2813: Special Topics
  • HTS-2823: Special Topics
  • HTS-3063: British Colonization
  • HTS-4001: Seminar in US History