Graduate Theses


Rebecca Beyer
A Place for Plants: Ethnobotany, Bioregionalism and Folkways in Appalachia
Advisor: William Schumann

Laura Schaffer
Environmental Urgency: Apocalyptic Undercurrents in Appalachian Literature, Including All Places Thou: An Experimental Novella
Advisor: Zackary Vernon

Natalya Weinstein Miller
Jim Shumate and the Development of Bluegrass Fiddling
Advisor: Sandra Ballard


Benjamin Duvall-Irwin
Comparing New World Traditions: Appalachian Balladry And The Mexican Corrido
Advisor Cecelia Conway

Savannah Paige Murray
"In This Way the Mountain Lives": An Ecocritical Reading Of John Ehle’s Appalachian Fiction
Advisor: Sandra Ballard


Cheryl Wilson Laws
Reintegration Strategies To Mitigate Child Abuse And Neglect By Substance Abusers In West Virginia Communities
Advisor: William Schumann


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

Brittany Means
Sanctuary in Southern Appalachia: Faith and Hispanic Immigrant Integration Into Appalachian Communities
Advisor: Laura Ammon 


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


Joshua Andrew Roe
Benefits of a Rail-Trail in Rural Appalachia: A Mixed Methods Study of the Virginia Creeper Trail in Damascua, Virginia
Advisor: Wayne Williams

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

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
Advisor: Bradley Nash, Jr.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Shannon A. B. Perry
This is How We Do: Living and Learning in an Appalachian Experimental Music Scene
Advisor: Fred Hay


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

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
Advisor: James Goff 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Carl David Jenkins
Appalachian Rural Homelessness: The Case of Watauga County, North Carolina
Advisor: 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
Advisor: Patricia Beaver

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


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


Rebecca Jane Baird
Not Another Hillbilly Salvation: Reading Welfare Assessment as Confession in Five Appalachian Counties
Advisor: 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
Advisor: John Alexander Williams 

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


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

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

Vickie Hayes
The Ballad of Mary Jane
Advisor: 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
Advisor: 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
Advisor: Christoffel den Biggelaar


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
Advisor: Fred Hay

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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