Evan Bennett is a historian of the American South whose research focuses on the intersections of rural, environmental, and labor history. He is author of When Tobacco Was King: Families, Farm Labor,and Federal Policy in the Piedmont (University Press of Florida, 2014). He is also co-editor of Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families since Reconstruction (University Press of Florida, 2012).
Bennett is currently pursuing two projects. The first is a history of small crossroads of Cedar Grove, North Carolina, in order to understand the dynamics of change for black rural southerners in the twentieth century. The second is a cultural, labor, and environmental history of the Florida Straits. Bennett teaches courses in southern history, labor history, environmental history, and Florida history.