Andrea Burns

"I am very interested in how people remember and interpret history that may be perceived as "difficult" or controversial, and how people address (or downplay) these competing narratives in public forums, such as museums and historic sites."

Dr. Andrea Burns completed her Ph.D in History at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Burns primarily investigates issues in African American History, Museum Studies, Urban History, and Heritage Tourism. Her courses often involve work in collaboration with external partners, such as community organizations and local museums. 


Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Areas of Study

African American and Africana Studies, Public History, United States History

Selected Courses

HIS 5640 Museum Interpretation

HIS 5575 Introduction to Public History

Projects Launched through Appalachian State Courses

Truth Beneath These Hills: Uncovering the History and Heritage of Mining in Western North Carolina, December 2015-April 2016, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

Finding Junaluska: Exploring Boone's African American Heritage, December 2014-April 2015, Anne Belk University Library.

Windows Through Time: Visions of King Street and Downtown Boone, Jones Community House, December 2013-January 2014.

W.R. Trivett: Imaging the Mountains. Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. March-June 2013.

Selected Publications


From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013).


Co-editor, "In the Academy," History @Work (


2015: National Council on Public History Book Award, for From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of History

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6010

Fax: (828) 262-4976

Office address
Anne Belk Hall 249Y-1