Scott Nesbit

Assistant Professor


Scott Nesbit is an assistant professor of digital humanities at the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design. His work explores the intersection between digital tools and humanistic questions, particularly questions touching on the history and spaces of the American South. He earned a PhD in history at the University of Virginia in 2013, where he wrote about the geography of slavery and emancipation in the Civil War South. From 2009 until 2014 he was the associate director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. He has led digital history projects such as Visualizing Emancipation, which used a wide array of textual sources—ranging from military correspondence to runaway slave advertisements found in southern newspapers–to map out where and when slavery fell apart during the American Civil War.

Degrees Held

2013 Ph.D., History, University of Virginia: Dissertation Title: “The Irony of Emancipation in the Civil War South”
2005 M.A., History, University of Virginia
2001 B.A., Latin, Swarthmore College

Research Interests

Historic Preservation; Public History; Civil War Era; Digital Humanities; GIS

Selected Publications

2015 Mapping Occupation: Force, Freedom, and the Army in Reconstruction website, coauthor with Gregory P. Downs.

2013 “Creating Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives through Design,” with Mia Ridge and Don Lafreniere, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 7 (October 2013): 176-189.
2013 “Visualizing Emancipation: Mapping the End of Slavery in the American Civil War,” in Justyna Zander and Pieter J. Mosterman, eds., Computation for Humanity: Information Technology to Advance Society (New York: Taylor & Francis), 427-435.
2012 Visualizing Emancipation website,
2011 “Seeing Emancipation: Scale and Freedom in the American South” with Edward L. Ayers, Journal of the Civil War Era, 1, no. 1 (March 2011): 3-24.


Society for Civil War Historians; Southern Historical Association; American Historical Association

Mailing Address

285 S. Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602