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Meet the History Faculty

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Dr. Thomas J. Thomson
Professor of History, Director of the Honors Program

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Phone Number: 864-488-4500

B.A., University of Virginia

M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

"Dr. Tom," as he is affectionately known by students, has been at Limestone since 1972. He was born in Bronxville, New York and spent his childhood years in New York City. Dr. Tom remains an avid Yankees fan to this day - which has led to frequent "battles" with Dr. Sarnoff, a die-hard Mets fan!

Dr. Tom teaches both World Civilizations I and II, which are part of the general education curriculum at Limestone. He also teaches numerous upper-division history courses, including Ancient Greece and Rome, Latin American History, and The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union.

Dr. Tom lives in Gaffney with his wife, Jill. They have two daughters. In his spare time, Dr. Tom collects stamps and hikes his beloved Appalachian Trail.

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Dr. Jonathan D. Sarnoff
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History

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Phone Number: 864-488-4501

B.A., SUNY-Purchase

M.A., Lehigh University

Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi

 Dr. Sarnoff has been at Limestone since 2003. He is originally from northern New Jersey, and his New York Metro Area roots shine through in his love of the Mets, Nets, and the Rutgers University football and basketball teams. Needless to say,  he's also a big fan of the Limestone College Saints!

Dr. Sarnoff teaches both World Civilizations I and II as well as  U.S. History I and II in Limestone's General Education Curriculum. He also teaches upper-division courses such as Holocaust Studies, Colonial and Revolutionary America, and Jeffersonian and Jacksonian America.

Dr. Sarnoff resides in Greer, South Carolina with his wife Bonnie (also a Limestone professor) and his dog, Minnie. In his spare time, Dr Sarnoff enjoys traveling, exercising, and reading science-fiction novels.  

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Dr. Patricia Hoskins
Assistant Professor of History, College Historian

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Phone Number: 864-488-4575

B.A., M.A., Eastern Kentucky University

Ph.D., Auburn University

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Patricia Hoskins to the Department of History. Dr. Hoskins is the only native southerner in our trio of historians, having been born and raised in tiny Hyden, Kentucky.

Dr. Hoskins was a student of Kenneth Noe at Auburn University, and is particularly interested in the history of the American South and the Civil War and Reconstruction. She also has experience in Public History, which has helped her in creating exhibits in the museum area of the Winnie Davis Hall of History.

Dr. Hoskins and her husband Ray Morton live in Spartanburg, South Carolina where they both enjoy spending time with their dog, Payne. In her spare time, Dr. Hoskins enjoys reading and research, traveling, running, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.