Civil War Era Studies

Scott Hancock

Associate Professor




Campus Box 2451


339 Carlisle Street
Room 200
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


PhD University of New Hampshire, 1999
MA University of New Hampshire, 1995
BA Bryan College, 1984

Scott Hancock, currently associate professor of History and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College, came to Gettysburg College in 2001. His scholarly interests focus on the African American experience from the mid-seventeenth century to just before the Civil War. His work considers African Americans’ engagement with the law, and incorporates other disciplinary perspectives such as law & society and geography. He is particularly interested in how black interaction with the law in a variety of ways, from small disputes in lower courts to escaping via the underground railroad, shaped constitutional law, legal ideologies, black identity and U.S. society. Some of his work has appeared in the anthologies Paths to Freedom, We Shall Independent Be, and Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, and more recently in the journal Civil War History.

AFS Courses Taught:

  • AFS 130    Introduction to African-American Studies
  • AFS 331   Africana Intellectual History
  • Hist 238  African American History Survey
  • Hist 346   Slavery, Rebellion and Emancipation in the Atlantic World