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Torren Gatson

Dr. Torren Gatson

Contact Information

Email: tlgatson@uncg.edu 
Office: 2119 MHRA 


Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University, 2018
M.A., North Carolina Central University, 2013
B.A. in History, North Carolina Central University, 2010

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2019-present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2018-2019
  • Dissertation Fellow, Middle Tennessee State University, 2017-2018

Research Interests

  • Public History and Material Culture
  • African American History
  • Southern History
  • Urban History (Housing)
  • Civil War and Reconstruction

Current Project

My current book project addresses a gap in the existing historiography of African Americans and housing in the 20th century urban South. Scholars have explored this issue of African American housing, and the lack thereof, from a sociological, anthropological, and historical perspective. Many contributions largely positioned African Americans as either champions or victims, a vein of scholarship that has opened the door for my study of the causes and parties responsible for the inequitable treatment of African Americans and housing in the urban South. In particular, I explore in depth the NAACP's efforts to methodically tackle the Federal Housing Administration's continuous suppression of African American housing through case studies of Atlanta and Nashville from 1920 to 1970.

Courses Taught

  • HIS 213, Topics in American History: The Quest for African American Citizenship
  • HIS 317, Introduction to Public History
  • HIS 626, The Practice of Public History
  • HIS 627, Museum and Historic Site Interpretation: Principles and Practice
  • HIS 631, Digital History
  • HIS 720, Public History Capstone I (Graduate Seminar)
  • HIS 721, Public History Capstone II (Graduate Seminar)
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