130 Ordway Building


Francis Hodges, Ph.D.
of History

"I believe that students should be engaged in the study of the past in as many ways as possible - through the presentation of research; by participating in events outside the classroom; but also in more traditional ways, such as through the reading and discussion of relevant material that will stimulate interest and class discussion. One-half of my grade is based on testing. The remainder is based on research, presentations, out-of-class and in-class writing assignments, and participation."

Dr. Hodges was born and reared in a small town in eastern North Carolina, where his love of the past began at a very early age. He has always been especially interested in the history of the pre-industrial western world, perhaps because his own upbringing was so heavily shaped by the agrarianism of the surrounding countryside. Dr. Hodges chose his undergraduate school, Wake Forest, because other members of his family, including his father and uncle, had attended that institution. His major field of doctoral research at the University of Tennessee was Renaissance and Reformation, with a particular emphasis on sixteenth-century French demographic and socioeconomic history, though at present his interest is more focused on the history of religion and culture. Hodges has recently been drawn toward attempting to understand the relationship between the decline of Populism in the American South and the rise of the southern Pentecostal movement in the late ninteenth and early twentieth centuries. Hodges has resumed expanding a short story he wrote for an FSC publication several years ago that touches on that topic. Non-romantic historical fiction is one of his passions. The irony here is that while his training was as a social scientist, he is probably really a humanist when it comes to how he prefers to approach the past.

Dr. Hodges teaching experience over the past forty-five years was gained at five institutions, though more than thirty of those years have been spent at Florida Southern. During these years, he has travelled extensively in North America and Europe, both with and without students, and has also made one trip to the Caribbean.

Courses Taught

History; Philosophy; Interdisciplinary Honors; Elderhoster courses; Foreign Study; Foreign Travel


Ph. D., University of Tennessee at Knoxville
M. A., Emory University
B. A., Wake Forest University

Recent publications

”William D. Moseley, Florida’s First Governor:  The Early Years.”  Annual Conference of Florida Teachers of History, Wakulla Spring, FL, February 2010.

“The Saddest Thing in the World,” Cantilevers, The Literary Journal of Florida Southern College, 2001.  (Original short story)  Winner of the Wesley Ryals Award, Best Fiction.

“Women, War, and Wealth in a Sixteenth-Century City:  The Case of Bourges,”  in Masters, Sharon Kay and Paula Buck, Interdisciplinary Studies in Women’s Studies, pp. 54-68.  Florida Southern College, 1999. In House Publication, Florida Southern College, 1999. Pp. 54-68
Jesse Ball DuPont Seminal, National Center for the Humanities, Research Triangle Park, NC, June 2002.  Topic of Seminar: “You Must Remember This:  The Uses of Cultural Memory.”  Research topic:  “American Culture and the Future of the lieux de memoire.”

“How to Teach an Interdisciplinary Honors Course in Interdisciplinary History and Criminal Justice,”  Criminal Justice Conference, Toronto, CN, Oct, 1998.

“The Compromise of 1950,” Cantilevers, The Literary Journal of Florida Southern College, 1993.  (Original short story)

“War, Population, and the Structure of Wealth in Sixteenth-Century Bourges,” Annual Conference of French Historical Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, March 1984.

“Tax Farms in Sixteenth Century Bourges,”  Annual Conference of Renaissance Studies,          New College, Sarasota, Florida,   March 1981.