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Anne E. Parsons

Dr. Anne E. Parsons

Contact Information

Email: aeparson@uncg.edu
Office: 2137 MHRA
Office Phone: 336-334-5645


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

Academic Positions

Director of Public History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2018-
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2019-
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2013-2019
Visiting Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012-2013

Research Interests

  • Public History
  • Carceral Studies
  • Difficult Histories
  • History of Social Medicine
  • History of Gender and Sexuality
  • Modern U.S. History

Current Project

Project Director, Remembering Resistance: The 1942 Jewish Uprising in Tuchyn, Ukraine

Courses Taught

  • HIS 212: U.S. History Since 1865
  • HIS 346: Topics in Historical Memory: LGBTQ History and Public Memory (read UNCG News story)
  • 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

Selected Publications

From Asylum to Prison book cover
  • From Asylum to Prison: Deinstitutionization and the Rise of Mass Incarceration after 1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Co-Winner, 2019 Outstanding Book Award, Disability History Association.
  • "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.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Co-Winner, Outstanding Book Award, Disability History Association, 2019
  • Grassroots Grant, North Carolina Humanities Council, 2018
  • Soros Justice Media Fellowship, Open Society Foundation, 2015
  • Mini-Grant, North Carolina Humanities Council, 2014
  • Wood Institute Travel Grant, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • Other awards listed on Vitae.

Public History

  • Curator, Care and Custody: A History of Mental Health. A traveling exhibit sponsored by the National Library of Medicine.
  • Project Director, "Pride and Pain," an exhibit and programming of Greensboro's polio hospital.
  • 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.
  • Other projects listed on Vitae.

External Links

Curriculum Vitae

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