Scotty E. Kirkland holds a degree in Social Science from Troy University and a Master’s degree in American History from the University of South Alabama. His primary focus of historical research is the history of the Modern South, principally twentieth-century Mobile politics and civil rights. His work on Mobile has received research and writing awards from the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Gulf South Historical Association, the Alabama Historical Association, and the Lillian E. Smith Center. Scotty has served as a guest scholar for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Alabama Humanities Foundation and lectures widely on the civil rights movement and the history of race relations in Mobile. He is book review editor for Alabama Review: The Journal of the Alabama Historical Association. He is one half of Kirkland Creative Group, a design and consulting company for small museums and institutions.