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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 am a public historian who studies contemporary US history, the history of social welfare, and the history of gender and sexuality. I have published articles in the Journal of Illinois History, Radical History Review and the book Out in Chicago and I am currently working on the book Return of the Asylum: Deinstitutionalization and the Rise of Prisons, a chapter of which will appear in a forthcoming edited volume Beyond Activists and Attics: Rethinking Family in Disability History. I have received grants and fellowships for this work from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the UIC Institute for the Humanities. In addition to my research and writing, I have served as the project director for a student-curated exhibition titled Pieces of the Past: The Art of Gwendolyn Magee, which has received funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council and which will appear at the High Point Museum in 2014-2015. I have also co-curated Haunting Histories, Hallowed Ground, a lecture and exhibit at Temple University and have worked on the award-winning exhibitions Out in Chicago at the Chicago History Museum and Slavery in New York at the New-York Historical Society.

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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