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Dr. Randall Gooden

Professor of History

Office: Arts & Sciences G214A
College of Arts & Sciences


A native of West Virginia, Randall S. Gooden's pursuit of history grew from early interests in family history and genealogy. His undergraduate and graduate education at West Virginia University combined primary work in both academic history and public history with minor work in political science. Eclectic part-time job experiences in teaching, historic preservation and site interpretation, oral history, and archives took him into full-time work as assistant curator at the West Virginia and regional History Collection at West Virginia University, and to a position as head of the archives/library at Ohio Historical Society's Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, and then as executive director of Geauga County (Ohio) Historical Society. He came to Clayton State in 2005, and worked concurrently for his first three years as circuit ride archivist for the Georgia Archives. His years at Clayton State have been highlighted by his six years on the faculty senate--including two years as senate chair--and his designation in 2016 as a University Professor.


BA, History, West Virginia University, 1984

MA, History under Public History Option, West Virginia University, 1985

Ph D, History, West Virginia University, 1995

Intellectual Contributions

Randall S. Gooden, "Neither War nor Peace: West Virginia's Reconstruction Experience." In The Civil War's Aftermath in Appalachia, University Press of Kentucky – June 2010

Randall S. Gooden, “Navigating Democracy in America: A Virginia Family’s Journey through the Changing Political and Social Landscape of the Antebellum Era”, The Journal of Genealogy and Family History – July 2018

Randall S. Gooden, "The Circuit Rider Archivist Program: A Trip Through Learning and Service", Provenance: Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists – September 2008