Dr. Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Course Instructor
After growing up in Troy, Alabama, Anne Mitchell Whisnant received her B.A. in history from Birmingham-Southern College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, she specialized in the history of the American South.
From 1997-99 she taught history at UNC before moving into a career in academic administration. From 2002 to 2006 she worked as a program manager at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.
Since 2006 she has been with the Office of Faculty Governance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she now holds the title of Deputy Secretary of the Faculty. She also holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Carolina, where since 2008, she has taught the Introduction to Public History course.
Her first book, Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History, was published in 2006 by the University of North Carolina Press.
Dr. Whisnant has also published several articles and delivered numerous public talks on the Parkway’s history, and has served as a consultant to the National Park Service. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for both the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and Blue Ridge Parkway 75, Inc., a nonprofit organization that coordinated the celebration of the Parkway’s 75th anniversary in 2010.
Through the small research consulting firm (Primary Source History Services) she runs with her husband David Whisnant, she has also been the co-principal historian on three National Park Service contract projects: an administrative history of De Soto National Memorial (Bradenton, FL), a Historic Resource Study of Cape Lookout National Seashore (Carteret County, NC), and a visitor handbook for Shenandoah National Park (Virginia).
From 2008-12, she chaired a team of scholars from the Organization of American Historians which conducted a major new study of the state of history in the National Parks for the office of the Chief Historian, National Park Service. The study team’s final report, issued in late 2011, is Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service.
Contacting Dr. Whisnant
Office: Carr Building 203 (230 E. Cameron Ave., just east of Old Playmakers Theater and Bynum fountain)
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and by appointment, gladly given
Office Phone: 919-962-1671
Graduate Research Consultant: Ben Donahue
We are fortunate this semester also to have the assistance of Mr. Ben Donahue as our Graduate Research Consultant. Mr. Donahue is a doctoral student in the History Department and will be assisting the undergraduate students in History 671 with the work on their illustrated overlooks for Driving Through Time.