CLAW Book Series (University of South Carolina Press)

Over the last twenty years, the University of South Carolina Press CLAW Series published dozens of exceptional monographs and edited volumes by scholars such as Max Edelson, Bradford Wood, Jack Greene, Bertrand Van Rumbeyke, Randy Sparks, and Michael Thompson. We are proud of the series and you can review the catalog of our publications here:

In an effort to create a more robust line, the Series Editors (Simon Lewis, John White, Sandra Slater) along with the USC Press Editor (Ehren Foley) constituted an Editorial Board of scholars whose work covers the breadth of the Atlantic World, as well as a variety of specializations and time periods.  Our efforts resulted in an exceptional list of scholars willing to participate in this endeavor. Those on the Editorial Board meet once a year with the Series Editors and provide initial reviews of submissions in their respective fields. 

Series Editors

Simon Lewis, College of Charleston

Sandra Slater, College of Charleston

John White, College of Charleston

Editorial Board Members

Sir Hilary Beckles, University of the West Indies

Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University

Gregory Smithers, Virginia Commonwealth University

Assan Sarr, Ohio State University

Rebecca Shumway, University of Wisconsin

Michael D. Thompson, University of Tennessee- Chattanooga

Sarah Owens, College of Charleston

Andrew Wehrman, Central Michigan University

Randy Sparks, Tulane University

David Gleeson, Northumbria University

Edgardo Perez-Morales, University of Southern California- Dornsife

Ahmad Green-Hayes, Northwestern University

Jennifer Palmer, University of Georgia

Recent Publications


Working on the Dock of the Bay: Labor and Enterprise in an Antebellum Southern Port, by Michael D. Thompson (2015).


The Civil War as Global Conflict: Transnational Meanings of the American Civil War. Edited by David T. Gleeson and Simon Lewis (2014).

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Creating and Contesting Carolina: Proprietary Era Histories. Edited by Michelle LeMaster and Bradford J. Wood (2014).

Earlier Publications

Jewish Sanctuary in the Atlantic World: A Social and Architectural History, by Barry L. Stiefel with the assistance of David Rittenberg. Foreword by Samuel D. Gruber (2014). 

Ambiguous Anniversary: The Bicentennial of the International Slave Trade Bans. Edited by David T. Gleeson and Simon Lewis (2012).

The Irish in the Atlantic World. Edited by David T. Gleeson (2010).

The Fruits of Exile: Central European Intellectual Immigration to America in the Age of FascismEdited by Richard Bodek and Simon Lewis (2010). 

Material Culture in Anglo-America: Regional Identity and Urbanity in the Tidewater, Lowcountry, and Caribbean. Edited by David S. Shields (2009).

Paths to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World. Edited by Rosemary Brana-Shute and Randy J. Sparks (2009).

Fighting for Honor: The History of African Martial Arts Traditions in the Atlantic World, by T. J. Desch Obi (2008).

Saints and Their Cults in the Atlantic WorldEdited by Margaret Cormack (2007).

To Make This Land Our Own: Community, Identity, and Cultural Adaptation in Purrysburg Township, South Carolina, 1732–1865, by Arlin C. Migliazzo. Foreword by Lawrence S. Rowland (2007). 

Votaries of Apollo: The St. Cecilia Society and the Patronage of Concert Music in Charleston, South Carolina, 1766–1820, by Nicholas Michael Butler (2007).

Who Shall Rule at Home?: The Evolution of South Carolina Political Culture, 1748–1776, by Jonathan Mercantini (2007).

From New Babylon to Eden: The Huguenots and Their Migration to Colonial South Carolina, by Betrand Van Ruymbeke (2006).

The Atlantic Economy during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Organization, Operation, Practice, and Personnel. Edited by Peter A. Coclanis (2005).

The Final Victims: Foreign Slave Trade to North America, 1783–1810, by James A. McMillin (2004).

This Remote Part of the World: Regional Formation in Lower Cape Fear, North Carolina, 1725–1775, by Bradford J. Wood (2004).

Memory and Identity: The Huguenots in France and the Atlantic Diaspora. Edited by Bertrand Van Ruymbeke and Randy J. Sparks (2003).

The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World. Edited by David P. Geggus (2002).

London Booksellers and American Customers: Transatlantic Literary Community and the Charleston Library Society, 1748–1811, by James Raven (2002).

Money, Trade, and Power: The Evolution of Colonial South Carolina’s Plantation Society. Edited by Jack P. Greene, Rosemary Brana-Shute, and Randy J. Sparks (2000).