Graduate Students & Alumni

Our Graduates

Jake Altemus 2004, is the Director of Outdoor Programs for The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. He spends his days trying to get young men into the Southern Mountains.
Courtney Baines 2008, is currently teaching for Sustainable Development at ASU.
Rebecca Anne Beyer 2018, More information
Jessica Blackburn 2000, is assistant chair and director of rhetoric and writing studies in the Department of English at Appalachian State University. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Appalachian studies program at ASU. Her areas of academic interest include cultural, digital, and feminist rhetorics; multimodal composition theory and pedagogy; and Appalachian studies and critical regional rhetorics.. 
Lori Briscoe-Pennington 2000, Director of Program Development, People, Inc.. Abingdon, VA. Lori and Corey are the proud parents of Selah (7) and Norah (5).
Burchett Theresa E. Burchett 2001, lives in Gray, TN and has been the Director of the B. Carroll Reece Museum at the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University since March 2005. She was recently was named the Director of the Appalachian Studies Minor at ETSU.  B. Carroll Reece Museum | Center for Appalachian Studies and Services | |
Jamie Gail Butcher 2005, completed her M.A. degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University in August 2005. She holds a B.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Virginia. Currently, Ms. Butcher is pursuing a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her research interests include missional theology, women and gender, and all things
Edward J. Cabbell (1946-2018) 1982, was curator of the John Henry Center for Culture and History Exchange and director of the John Henry Festival and Conference. With William Turner, Ed co-edited Blacks in Appalachia (1985), a ground-breaking project that emerged partially from Ed's graduate work in our program. Ed was a scholar, singer, poet, activist, community organizer,  and folklorist. He also funded a scholarship for graduate students in our program.

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