M. Floyd

Lander University
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Department of History and Philosophy

About Me

 A native of New Orleans, Dr. Floyd earned his B.S. in Social Science Education at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and his doctorate in history from the University of Alabama. At Lander, Dr. Floyd teaches upper division courses that explore 19th and 20th century U.S. foreign relations, military history and the American South. He is also the Social Science Secondary Education Coordinator.  He has focused his research on late 19th and early 20th century U.S. foreign relations and issues related to the New South.  In 2013, Palgrave Macmillan published his book Abandoning American Neutrality: Woodrow Wilson and the Beginning of the Great War, August 1914 - December 1915.  Dr. Floyd recently completed a co-edited work on the First World War and the American South, which was published with LSU Press in 2018.  Dr. Floyd and his wife have three children. In his 'free time' he enjoys hanging out with his family, fly fishing, and watching Alabama football.


U.S. Foreign Relations 1776 to the present
First and Second World Wars
New South
History Education


Young Faculty Teaching Award, 2011-2012
Young Faculty Scholar Award, 2013-2014


HIST 112 United States Since 1877
HIST 314 New South
HIST 317 The US Civil Rights Movement
HIST 371 The First World War
HIST 390 America's Rise to World Power: 1776-1912
HIST 391 America as a Major World Power: US Foreign Relations 1912 to the Present
HIST 392 Spies and Lies: The US Espionage Establishment, 1942-1963
HIST 441 US Wildlife Conservation History
HIST 451 Methods For Teachers of Secondary Social Studies
HIST 499 Senior Seminar
EDUC 461 Clinical Practice

Abandoning American Neutrality: Woodrow Wilson and the Coming of the Great War, August 1914-December 1915. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (2013)

Floyd, R. and Downs, M. eds., The American South and the First World War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.  (Fall 2018)

Floyd, R. & Floyd, H.  Modernity and Anniston's Transformation From Model City to Toxic Town.   The Alabama Review.  (2016)

Looking Over the Horizon: The Birmingham Iron and Coal Industry's Interest in U.S. Expansionism during the 1890s in The Alabama Review. (2010)

PROCEEDINGS - Not Refereed (Full Paper)
Teaching History in the Electronic Era: Strategies for Connecting With Millennial Generation Learners in South Carolina Historical Association Annual Meeting. (2015)

American Neutrality: Interpretation and Application: 1776 – 1941. Dictionary of American History, Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to the Present. Charles Scribner's Sons. (2016)

America and the Great War. US History: 1877 to the Present. Milestone Documents. (2013: 8)

The Great War. World History: 1600 to the Present. Milestone Documents. (2013: 6)

"A Diarrhea of Plans and Constipation of Action": The Influence of Alabama Cotton Farmers, Merchants and Brokers on Anglo-American Diplomacy during the First World War, 1914-1915. 
Alabama Historical Association. Mobile, Alabama. (April, 2015)

Images that Define America.
South Carolina Historical Association Annual Meeting. Columbia, South Carolina. (March, 2014)

Helping Our Students Survive Their First College Classroom Experience.
Lander University Faculty Expo. Greenwood, South Carolina. (2014)

A Lesson in Good Will: Woodrow Wilson and the failure of Missionary Diplomacy
Teaching American History in the Lakelands. Greenwood, South Carolina. (November, 2013)

Large Classes: Incorporating Discussion & Group Exercises to Lecture-Hall Classes.
Lander University Faculty Expo. Greenwood, South Carolina. (2013)

Triad Short Answers in How to Implement Assessment in the Classroom Session II.
Lander University Faculty Expo. Greenwood, South Carolina. (2012)

Historical Precedent and Woodrow Wilson's Neutrality Policy in 1914- 1915.
South Carolina Historical Association. Columbia, South Carolina. (2012)

Alabama's Path to Modernity: Reconsidering the New South Perspective on Global and Regional Industrial Expansion. Alabama Historical Association. Livingston, Alabama. (2009)

Rejection of Benevolence: Woodrow Wilson and Grassroots Diplomacy during the 1914 U.S. Occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico. Southwest Social Science Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. (2005)