Gibbs Knotts

Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Gibbs Knotts, PhD, M.A. Emory University
Dr. Knotts joined the Department of Political Science as Department Chair in 2012 and currently serves as the interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 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.  He has co-authored two books: First in the South: Why South Carolina’s Presidential Primary Matters (University of South Carolina Press, 2020) and 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. When not at work, he enjoys traveling with family, fishing, running, listening to live music, and exploring the Lowcountry. Dr. Knotts can be reached at