David Parker, professor of history, has been the department’s assistant chair since August 2009. He was an undergraduate at Duke University and went to graduate school at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). His dissertation, on the Georgia writer Bill Arp (real name, Charles Henry Smith), was published by the University of Georgia Press. He has also written on the American carpet industry (including a book, Carpet Capital, with colleague Randall Patton), evangelist Sam Jones, politician and reformer Rebecca Felton, and L. Frank Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Recently he has become interested in old textbooks as a research topic. He teaches classes in Georgia history, the history of American religion, the Gilded Age, and research methods.