Dr. Katherine E. Ledford

Ph.D., Early American Literature, University of Kentucky, 2002

M.A., American Literature, University of Alabama, 1993

B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991

Katherine E. Ledford, associate professor of Appalachian studies.  Dr. Ledford teaches undergraduate courses in Appalachian literature and graduate seminars on comparative mountain studies and higher education pedagogy. From 2009 to 2016 she served as program director of Appalachian studies, advising and mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students. She serves as a contributing editor for the Heath Anthology of American Literature and has published articles and reviews in ATQ, Appalachian Journal, Studies in Travel Writing, Journal of Appalachian Studies, and Mountain Research and Development, among others. Dr. Ledford co-edited Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes: Back Talk from an American Region (1999) and the media section of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia (2006). A past president of the Appalachian Studies Association (2011-2012), she is founding chair of the association’s International Connections Committee, which fosters communication between Appalachian studies scholars and mountain studies scholars around the world. Dr. Ledford is co-editing a comprehensive anthology of Appalachian literature, which will be published by the University Press of Kentucky in spring 2020.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Appalachian Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-4087

Office address
108 Living Learning Academic (LLA) building in the Living Learning Center (LLC)