Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Ph.D.

Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Ph.D.

Consulting historian and Director of Research, Communications, and Programs for the Office of Faculty Governance at the UNC Chapel Hill, author

Anne Mitchell Whisnant is Deputy Secretary of the Faculty and Adjunct Associate Professor of History and American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her teaching, research, consulting, and writing focus on public history, digital and geospatial history, and the history of the U.S. National Parks. In 2006, UNC Press published her Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History, the first serious study of the development of the National Park Services’ most visited site. With her husband, David Whisnant, Anne is the author of the first-ever children’s book about the Parkway, When the Parkway Came (2010). Also working with David, she has been the co-principal historian writing studies for De Soto National Memorial, Cape Lookout National Seashore, and Shenandoah National Park. From 2008-12, she chaired a task force commissioned by the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service that studied the state of historical practice within the Park Service. Its report, Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, will be published in 2012. At UNC, Anne serves as scholarly adviser for “Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina,” (http://docsouth.unc.edu/blueridgeparkway/) a grant-funded online history collection being developed collaboratively with the UNC Libraries. Each fall she teaches UNC’s Introduction to Public History course (History 671) for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. She lives in Chapel Hill with David and their two sons, Evan and Derek. 

Contact (Work): 
(919) 962-1671
Contact (Home): 
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Scholar Location: 
Chapel Hill
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