Patrick Luck

Assistant Professor of History

Office Location

Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, Room 2000, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805



Ph.D. in History, Johns Hopkins University, 2012

M.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin, 2006

B.A. in History, Rice University, 1999

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 1999


Dr. Patrick Luck joined the Florida Poly faculty for the first semester of classes in fall 2014 and has taught survey classes on American history and American slavery. Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor of history at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.  His research interests are the history of slavery in the Americas and the United States. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Replanting a Slave Society: Making the Sugar and Cotton Revolutions in the Lower Mississippi Valley, which analyzes and interprets the switch from tobacco and indigo to cotton and sugar on Lower Mississippi Valley farms and plantations in the late 1700s and early 1800s with a particular eye to its effects on how slavery in the region operated.

Luck has several articles in preparation on slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley and has presented his work at a number of prestigious conferences such as the annual meetings of the American Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association, the Louisiana Historical Association, the Society of Historians of the Early Republic, the Social Science History Association, and the Florida Conference of Historians.



  • Slavery in the United States
  • Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley
  • Early American history
  • Quantitative historical methods

Selected Publications

  • Replanting a Slave Society: Making the Sugar and Cotton Revolutions in the Lower Mississippi Valley (book in progress)
  • “Undermining the Proslavery Consensus: John McDonogh’s Plans for Emancipation through African Colonization” (article in progress)
  • “Runaway Slave Origins in the Lower Mississippi Valley at the time of the Louisiana Purchase” (article in progress)
  • “Slave Origins in Colonial and Early Republic Louisiana: A Critical Approach to Gwendolyn Midlo Hall’s Slave Database” (article in progress)