Director of the Roberson Project
The founding Director of the Roberson Project since 2017, Woody Register (C’80) has been teaching courses at Sewanee on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American society and culture, gender, and slavery’s role in the development of American institutions and society for nearly thirty years. As a colleague, collaborator, and friend for over twenty years, Houston Bryan Roberson and his impact as a teacher, scholar, and citizen continue to inspire and guide Woody’s work. Woody’s involvement with the Roberson project was sparked first by his own research into Sewanee’s particular history in connection with slavery, and was then influenced by the international movement among colleges and universities to study the history and impact of their institution’s indebtedness to slavery — and slavery’s indebtedness to their institutions. Woody has been a newspaper reporter and editor, has a doctorate in history from Brown University, and presently is the Francis S. Houghteling Professor of American History. He has published extensively on American cultural history, including an essay, "Makers of Sewanee," in the current issue of The Sewanee Review.