Drew Swanson served as a Wormsloe Fellow from 2008-2010. Drew received his PhD in history at the University of Georgia, with a focus on environmental and agricultural history. He received an M.A. in American history from Appalachian State University and a B.S. in naturalist biology and history from Lees-McRae College. He completed an environmental history of Wormsloe plantation, with an emphasis on the transatlantic relationships of the early plantation and the preservation challenges of a managing a historical landscape.
Prior to entering graduate school, Drew worked as Assistant Manager of the Backcountry at Grandfather Mountain Park, in Linville, North Carolina. His articles, reviews, and essays on the southern environment have appeared in a number of publications, including Southern Cultures, Appalachian Journal, and Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. His 2009 article, “Fighting over Fencing,” received the Theodore C. Blegen Award from the Forest History Society for the year’s best article on conservation history. Drew lives with his wife, Margaret, and son, Ethan, in Cleveland, Mississippi.