Graduate Theses

1982

Edward Joseph Cabbell
References and Resources on Black Appalachians: A Bibliography on "Auxiliary" Southern Highlands
Mentor: Patricia Beaver

1983

Mary Jane Putzel
Changes in Traditional Appalachian Family Patterns Brought about by Socioeconomic Changes
Mentor: Patricia Beaver 

1987

Elizabeth Collins Stevens
Economic Development and Cultural Values in Appalachia: The Case of Christmas Tree Growers in Avery County, North Carolina
Mentor: Susan E. Keefe

1991

Stanley Marc Sherrod
Asleep in Jesus: Death Rituals in Southern Appalachia
Mentor: Susan E. Keefe

1996

Dwight David Vanhoy
Evolution of Funeral Practices in Grayson and Ashe Counties
Mentor: John Alexander Williams 

1999

William Russell Schumann, III
Between Class and Subjectivity: A Case Study of Grassroots Resistance in Rural Southern Appalachia
Mentor: C. David Sutton

Kathryn Lynn Staley
Between Two Worlds: African-Americans in Antebellum Wilkes County
Mentor: Patricia Beaver 

Nancy Meador Collins
Experimental Novel Entitled Palms of Victory
Mentor: Patricia Beaver 

David N. Cozzo
Herb Gatherers and Root Diggers of North-Western North Carolina
Mentor: Patricia Beaver

2001

Logan Brown
An Historical Examination of Tourism Marketing Imagery in Western North Carolina and its Impact on Cultural Interpretation of the Landscape
Mentor: Ute Jamrozy

2002 

Britt T. Long
A White Man's Indian Reservation: Economic Marginalization in the Southern Appalachian Coal Fields
Mentor: Jerry Williamson 

2003

Sarah Parker Poteete
By Their Own Agency: A Medical History of Ashe County, North Carolina
Mentor: Patricia Beaver 

Sarah Suzanne Savell
Building Community From Within: The Story of The Riverview Community Center
Mentor: Patricia Beaver 

2004

Cassie Marta Robinson
"Them Ol' Love Songs": The Ballad and Country Music Tradition of Earl Silvers, From Green Mountain, North Carolina
Mentor: Patricia Beaver 

Eddie L. Huffman
"I Love to Hear Those Old Hymns Played on the Violin": A Documentation and Analysis of the Secular Instrumental Music and Old Baptist Hymn Singing of Jack McGinnis
Mentor: Fred Hay 

2005 

Ruth Ellen Blakeney
Blue Ridge Women In Agriculture: Resistance and Persistence of the Small Farmer in Northwestern North Carolina
Mentor: Christof den Biggelaar

Jamie Gail Butcher
History and Ethnography of the Allen School, Asheville, North Carolina, 1885 to 1974
Mentor: Patricia Beaver

Vickie Hayes
The Ballad of Mary Jane
Mentor:Patricia Beaver 

Sharon Delaine Pritchard Price
"Dovie": A Creative Exploration of the Effects of the Economy and Progress on One Woman's Life in Post Civil War Appalachia Prior to World War II
Mentor: Sandra Ballard 

James Robert Veteto
The History and Survival of Traditional Heirloom Vegetable Varieties and Strategies for the Conservation of Crop Biodiversity in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina
Mentor: Christoffel den Biggelaar

2006 

Alice Wilson
The Fragility of Small Farming: Neoliberal Logic and Globalization in Valle Crucis, North Carolina
Mentor: Christoffel den Biggelaar

Rebecca Jane Baird
Not Another Hillbilly Salvation: Reading Welfare Assessment as Confession in Five Appalachian Counties
Mentor: Kim Hall 

Elizabeth McCutchen Williams
Critical Edition of "Travel in the Mountains-The Survey" Chapter IV From the Life and Work of John Charles Campbell by Olive Dame Campbell
Mentor: John Alexander Williams 

2007

Philip A. Jamison
The Southern Appalachian Square Dance: African-American Influence on European-American Dance in Appalachia
Mentor: Fred Hay

2008 

Jennifer Lynn Cohen-Jordan
Women's Work: The Intersection of Women's Coal Mining Activism in Appalachia and Gender construction
Mentor: Bradley Nash, Jr. 

Carl David Jenkins
Appalachian Rural Homelessness: The Case of Watauga County, North Carolina
Mentor: Susan E. Keefe 

Susan Graham Pepper
"A Whistling Girl and a Crowing Hen Always come to Some Bad End: The Singing Traditions of Three Western North Carolina Women: Hazel Rhymer, Pearl Hicks and Zora Walker
Mentor: Patricia Beaver

Emily A. Schaad
Cherishing Tradition: Styles and Repertoires of Benton Flippen, Clyde Davenport, and Chester McMillian
Mentor: Patricia Beaver 

2009

Jon M. Hill
Tradition and Innovation: Doc Watson and the Folk Revival 1960-1964
Mentor: Fred J. Hay

Zachary David Fulbright
High Lonesome Sound Defined: Examining the Music of Bill Monroe 1945-1948
Mentor: Gary Boye

Anna Rachel Terman
Rural Feminist community Development in Appalachia: The High Rocks Model
Mentor: Patricia Beaver

David Henderson Wood
"That Ain't Old-Time": The Shifting Ambassadorship of Appalachian Old-Time Music
Mentor: Fred J. Hay 

Connie Aiken
Representation of Work Experiences within the Poetry of Four Contemporary Southern Appalachian Poets
Mentor:Sandra Ballard 

Danielle Erin Rector
Study of Three Contemporary Southern Appalachian Poets
Mentor: Thomas McGowan 

2010

Meredith Abigail Doster
The Evolution of Sacred Music and Its Rituals in Watauga County, North Carolina: A Comparison of Congregational Song in Two Independent Missionary Baptist Churches
Mentor: James Goff 

Seaton Patrick Tarrant
Collaboration in Communities of Difference
Mentor: Jefferson Boyer 

Lisa Baldwin
Jack, Alive and Well on Beech Mountain in Western North Carolina: The Cultural Traditions of Ted Hicks
Mentor: Fred Hay 

2011

Shannon Perry
This is How We Do: Living and Learning in an Appalachian Experimental Music Scene
Mentor: Fred Hay

Ashley Brewer
Get On Board, Children: The Story of Integration in Yancey County, North Carolina
Mentor: Patricia Beaver 

Tracy Jarrell
The Cultural History and Future of Sheep Farming in the High Country
Mentor: Christoffel den Biggelaar 

2012

Jonathan Buchanan
The Story of Burley Tobacco Farming in Bethel, Watauga County, North Carolina: Cultural Meanings and Economic Impacts
Mentor: Sue Keefe 

Trevor McKenzie
"Robin Hood of the Blue Ridge": The Life, Legend, and Songs of Otto Wood, the Bandit
Mentor: Bruce Stewart 

April Leigh Walters
Appalachian Animals on Our Mind: A Survey of Human-Animal Relationships in Appalachian Literature
Mentor: Katherine Ledford 

Donna Corriher
Dear Johnny Depp, Will You Please Buy the State of West Virginia? Autoethnography of an Appalachian Woman
Mentor: Patricia Beaver 

2013

Annmarie Anglim (Undergraduate Honors Thesis)
Midwifery in the Mountains: Lisa Goldstein's Care of Appalachian Women and Their Families in Western North Carolina
Mentor: Phoebe Pollitt 

Jordan Laney
Notions of Nation: Exploring the Bluegrass Nation as an Imagined Community
Mentor: Nancy S. Love 

Kathryn Engle
To Lend-A-Hand: A History and Analysis of the Lend-A-Hand Center in the Stinking Creek Community of Knox County, Kentucky
Mentor: Bradley Nash, Jr. 

Aaron Lancaster
Chasing the Good Ol' Boys and Girls of Wilkes County, North Carolina
Mentor: Bruce Stewart

Billy Ward, II
A Socio-Cultural and Economic Impact Study of Johnson County, Tennessee's Green Bean Industry
Mentor: Patricia Beaver 

2014

Brittany Hicks
Exploring "Nostalgia for the Future": A History of the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia
Mentor: Laura Ammon 

2015

Melanie Harsha
"These Signs Shall Follow": Endangered Pentecostal Practices in Appalachia
Mentor: Laura Ammon