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    Dr. Dan Pierce, History Professor

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. 


Professor and Alum Team Up to Re-Write History

Rizzo partnered with UNC Asheville alumnus Steven Gerontakis, and together the two historians researched and wrote a book that focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality and race studies in history: Intimate Empires: Body, Race, and Gender in the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2016).

The book explores a different way of looking at history that is becoming increasingly popular, Rizzo explained.

“It’s a very dynamic, fast growing field now, far more so than say 15 years ago when I first thought of doing this book,” Rizzo said. “There’s just been an explosion.”

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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.


Professor Dan Pierce Selected for the National Endowment of Humanities Distinguished Professorship at UNC Asheville

Dan Pierce, professor and department chair of history at UNC Asheville, has been selected as the university’s National Endowment of the Humanities Distinguished Professor. This distinguished professorship is awarded for a three-year term, in recognition of scholarship and teaching in the Humanities.

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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.