Welcome to History

At a liberal arts institution such as UNC Asheville, the History Department is one of the key departments on campus. The department currently has eight talented full-time faculty members with diverse backgrounds, expertise, and interests with a mean of 15 years of experience at UNC Asheville; several excellent adjunct instructors; and is one of the larger majors on campus.


Professor and Chair of the History Department, Tracey Rizzo, is in the news:

Tracey has partnered with UNC Asheville Alumnus, Steven Gerontakis to (Re) Write History with the goal of looking at history in a different way in her book Intimate Empires:  Body, Race and Gender in the Modern World.

Alvis Dunn Receives National Recognition

Assistant Professor Dunn has been selected to attend a two week NEH Summer Institute for historians of the United States.  Prof. Dunn teaches Latin American, North Carolina, Early United States, and Atlantic History.  He has published chapters recently in Distilling the Influence of Alcohol: Aguardiente in Guatemalan History and La Epoca Colonial en Guatemala.  Presently he also serves as the Chair of the Central American Studies Committe of the Conference of Latin American History. 

Digital History Project Pairs the Past with Game Programming

“It isn’t just making history more accessible,” says Professor Ellen Pearson of the interdisciplinary innovation in combining two classes for a client-based project. “It’s also a service to the community.” Read what the students have to say.


COPLAC’s Multi-campus Digital Liberal Arts Initiative Expands with $540,000 Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; UNC Asheville to Play Key Role

The three-year project, named Digital Liberal Arts at a Distance, is part of an ongoing effort by COPLAC to share faculty expertise while enriching students’ interdisciplinary learning experiences, digital skills, and collaborative work habits. The project will be co-directed by UNC Asheville Professor of History Ellen Holmes Pearson and University of Mary Washington Professor of History Jeffrey McClurken.