James Tuten, Professor of History at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, specializes in the history of the southern United States. His teaching interests include the Civil War and Reconstruction, the New South, and the History of Food. He is a regular contributor to the general education program at Juniata College through the College Writing Seminar and an interdisciplinary course called Shaping The American Mind.
Current research interests focus on a biography of Confederate Brigadier General E. W. Gantt along with projects on assessing the impact of cultural events and summer reading programs on college students.
His research on Atlantic Coast rice culture from the Civil War until the industry collapsed in the 1920s culminated in the book Lowcountry Time and Tide: The Fall of the Rice Kingdom (USC Press) in 2010. In addition, he has published on southern planters' affinity for Madeira wine, and on poor relief in Alabama prior to the New Deal. Tuten has contributed book chapters, numerous book reviews, and encyclopedia entries to a range of publications. His editorials have appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Harrisburg Patriot News, Christian Science Monitor, the Providence Journal (RI), Inside Higher Ed, and the Altoona Mirror.
He earned his PhD from Emory University and an MA from Wake Forest University. He earned his BA in History and Fine Arts from the College of Charleston.
Dr. Tuten is the Fulbright Campus Advisor for Juniata College. He served as director of the Lakso Center for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in 2013-2014. Professor Tuten is the founder of an H-Net discussion list on the history and culture of South Carolina, H-SC. From 2000-2006 he served as Juniata's Assistant Provost.