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Anne E. Parsons

Dr. Anne E. Parsons

Contact Information

Email: aeparson@uncg.edu
Office: 2112 MHRA
Office Phone: 336-334-5992


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013
M.A., New York University, 2005
B.A., Smith College, 2000

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2013-
Visiting Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012-2013

Research Interests

Dr. Parsons is an assistant professor of history, where her work focuses on contemporary U.S. history, the history of social welfare, and museum studies. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, including the Journal of Illinois History, Radical History Review, and Out in Chicago: LGBT History at the Crossroads.

She is currently writing a book titled Return of the Asylum: Deinstitutionalization and the Rise of Prisons. The book explores how the deinstitutionalization of mental hospitals intersected with the rise of mass incarceration, showing how one form of confinement and stigmatization has in effect been replaced by another.

As a public historian, she has contributed research to curators and organizers of public events, directed student-curated exhibitions, and co-curated lectures and exhibits. Dr. Parsons previously taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has received grant and fellowship support from the Open Society Foundation, the North Carolina Humanities Council, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, among other entities.

Courses Taught

  • HIS 626: The Practice of Public History
  • HIS 627: Museum and Historic Site Interpretation: Principles and Practice
  • HIS 631: Digital History
  • HIS 633: Community History Practicum
  • HIS 720/721: Capstone Projects

Recent Publications

  • "Rejecting Mental-Health Institutions and Embracing Prisons in the 1980s," in From Attics to Activists: Rethinking Family in Disability History, edited by Sarah Rose and Stephanie Cole (College Station: Texas A&M: Forthcoming).
  • "From Asylum to Prison: The Story of Lincoln, Illinois," Journal of Illinois History 15 (Winter 2011 [2012]).
  • "When the Erotic Becomes Illicit: Struggles over Displaying Queer History at a Mainstream Museum," co-authored with Jill Austin, Jennifer Brier, and Jessica Herczeg-Konecny, Radical History Review 113 (Spring 2012).
  • "Gender Crossroads: Representations of Gender Transgressions in Chicago's Press, 1850-1920," co-authored with Jennifer Brier, Out in Chicago: LGBT History at the Crossroads, edited by Jill Austin and Jennifer Brier (Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 2011).
  • Other publications listed on Vitae.

Awards and Honors

  • Soros Justice Media Fellowship, Open Society Foundation, 2015
  • Mini-Grant, North Carolina Humanities Council, 2014
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011-2012
  • Wood Institute Travel Grant, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • Chancellor's Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
  • Other awards listed on Vitae.

Public History

  • Partner, States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories, Humanities Action Lab, New York, NY, 2015-2016.
  • Host Committee Member, Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County, International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, NC, 2015.
  • Project Director, Pieces of the Past: The Art of Gwendolyn Magee, an exhibition on quilts depicting African American history and culture, High Point Museum, High Point, NC, 2014.
  • Researcher, "Out in Chicago," an exhibition on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL, May 2011-2012.
  • Co-Curator, "Haunted Histories, Hallowed Ground," Lecture and Display, Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, October 2011.
  • Other projects listed on Vitae.

Curriculum Vitae

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