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Charles (Trey) Wilson, Ph.D.

Charles 'Trey' Wilson
Title: Assoc Prof, Political Science

Office: Strickland 202, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Early American Law and Legal History, History of women's higher education


Dr. Charles H. “Trey” Wilson III is an associate professor of political science at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus. He joined the UNG faculty in August, 2007, after teaching at the former Gainesville State College for several years.

Dr. Wilson earned his Ph.D. in social science education from the University of Georgia. Additionally, he holds an M.A. in history from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in the history of technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.P.A. from North Georgia College & State University, and a J.D. from the University of Toledo. He is currently enrolled in the master’s program in strategic intelligence at the National Intelligence University in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Wilson advises primarily pre-law students and serves as the Law School Admission Council’s official representative for the University. He has been recognized by the UNG Student Government Association as an “Outstanding Advisor” four times. He offers students much insight into law school from his having voluntarily attended four different law schools in route to earning his law degree, something that may be a unique achievement among lawyers nationwide. He studied for a year each at Saint Louis University, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Toledo. He also studied abroad for a summer term at the College of William and Mary’s program in Madrid, Spain. He received his law degree from the University of Toledo in 1996. These experiences afford Dr. Wilson peerless first-hand insight into the characters of multiple law schools. Dr. Wilson worked in a legal clinic and in an alternative dispute resolution program in Toledo before commencing his graduate education. He is also the founder and faculty sponsor of the UNG Pre-law Society and is also the faculty sponsor of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.

Courses Taught

Dr. Wilson teaches courses in public law (including Judicial Processes, Civil Liberties, Legal & Ethical Environment of Public Administration, and Constitutional Law) and American Government to both undergraduate and graduate students. He has also taught Honors American Government and many sections of both world and American history survey courses in his 14+ years as a college educator. Dr. Wilson additionally teaches online, both at UNG and in the University System of Georgia’s eCore program. He has garnered much praise for his teaching from both students and colleagues.


  • Ph.D., Social Science Education, University of Georgia
  • J.D., University of Toledo
  • M.A., History, University of Georgia
  • M.S., History of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.P.A., North Georgia College & State University

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Wilson’s primary research interests lie in early American legal history and the history of women’s higher education. He has published one book, The History of Brenau University, 1878 – 2012 (Teneo Press, 2014), which won the 2015 “Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia’s History” from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council. The book chronicles the history of Brenau, a women’s college founded in Gainesville, Georgia, in 1878. He has also published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Personal Information

When he is not researching & writing or working with students, Dr. Wilson most enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and his amazing daughter. His other favorite past-times include running & weight-training, traveling (mostly throughout the U.S. and Spain), dining out, keeping abreast of the few decent science-fiction television programs presently on the air, and serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

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