"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
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.
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 (http://publichistorycommons.org/academy/).
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