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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

I study contemporary U.S. history, public history, and the history of gender and sexuality. My current book project studies the politics of confinement and how the closure of mental hospitals in late twentieth century America interacted with the rise of imprisonment. I have worked on a number of historical exhibitions, including "Out in Chicago" at the Chicago History Museum and "Slavery in New York" at the New York Historical Sociey, and I am interested in the public memory of asylums and prisons.

Courses Taught

  • HIS 626: The Practice of Public History
  • HIS 627: Museum and Historic Site Interpretation: Principles and Practice
  • HIS 631: Digital History

Recent Publications

  • "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

  • 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
  • Balch Institute Fellowship, Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Library Company of Philadelphia, 2010-2011
  • Marion S. Miller Dissertation Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago History Department, 2010-2011
  • Other awards listed on Vitae.

Public History

  • 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.
  • Education Director, Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, New York, NY, 2005-2006.
  • Other projects listed on Vitae.

Curriculum Vitae

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