Gibbs Knotts

Professor and Interim Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Address: 2 Greenway
Office Hours: By appointment only
Phone: 843.953.0760
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Gibbs Knotts joined the Department of Political Science as Department Chair in 2012. He teaches undergraduate courses in American politics and graduate courses in the public administration program. He has published works on political participation, southern politics, public administration, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Articles have appeared in a variety of outlets including the Journal of Politics, Public Administration Review, Political Research Quarterly, the American Review of Public Administration, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Southern Cultures, Southeastern Geographerand Social Forces. He also co-edited The New Politics of North Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2008). His new co-authored book is The Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of Its People (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).  He received the College of Charleston’s Distinguished Research Award in 2017.

Prior to arriving at the College of Charleston he worked at Western Carolina University where he served in a variety of administrative roles including MPA Director, Graduate School and Research Associate Dean, Political Science and Public Affairs Department Head, and College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean.  While at WCU, he also received the 2004 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2010 Board of Governor’s Teaching Award, and the 2010 University Scholar Award. 

Dr. Knotts is currently serving as Interim Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Ph.D, M.A., Emory University
B.A., University of North Carolina
Field of Specialization:  American Politics; Public Administration