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Barry Whittemore, D.A., M.Div.

Barry Whittemore -125x168 web profile
Title: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 706-864-1541

Office: Barnes Hall, 321, Dahlonega
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Areas of Expertise: Appalachian history, american history, religious history


Dr. Whittemore began teaching at the university in January 2011.  His goal at UNG is to identify, train, and motivate undergraduates to pursue the wide open field of the history of Appalachian Georgia. His greatest pleasure comes from traditional southern mountain Old Time music and dance.  He and his cat live happily in a cabin in the woods.

Courses Taught

  • U.S. History I and II
  • History of Appalachia
  • History of World Religions
  • History of (in Appalachia) Religion; Music and Dance; War and Violence
  • World Civilizations II
  • The American South
  • Religion in U.S. History


  • M.Div., Divinity School, Duke University, 1999
  • D.A., History, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996
  • M.A., History, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988
  • M.S., History and Community College Education, Radford University, 1982
  • B.A., Liberal Arts and Sciences/Minors in Geology, History, and Religion, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1976

Research/Special Interests

  • Town Histories (rural to urban)
  • Religion in Appalachia
  • Industrialization and urbanization in the south
  • Railroad building and cultural change
  • Appalachian foodways and sustainability in a global context


Several Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals (See Curriculum Vitae)

Work Experience

  • UNG Dahlonega – Jan 2011 to present
  • Unitarian Universalist ministry 1999-2013
  • James Sprunt Community College (adjunct) 2006-2008
  • Southern Seminary College 1988-1992

Personal Information

Dr. Whittemore lives by himself in a small house in the woods near Dahlonega. He loves Southern Appalachian Old Time music and dance. He makes frequent trips to his native Virginia.

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