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Heather Murray

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Title: Senior Lecturer, History
Phone: 678-717-3523

Office: Strickland Academic, 176, Gainesville
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Areas of Expertise: New South social history, Appalachian history, WWII American home front, public history/museum studies


Heather Murray’s scholarly focus centers on the WWII-era American South. She has published on topics in Appalachian history and has worked in the public history field at multiple state museums across the South.

She was recipient of a 2013 Innovation in the Classroom Grant and the 2017 University of North Georgia (Non-Tenure Track) Teaching Award on the Gainesville Campus. Currently, Ms. Murray is a Senior Lecturer of History in the College of Arts and Letters.

Currently, Ms. Murray is a Senior Lecturer of History in the College of Arts and Letters.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 1111: World History I
  • HIST 1112 and 1112-Honors: World History II
  • HIST 2111: U.S. History I
  • HIST 2112 and 2112-Honors: U.S. History II
  • HIST 2860: History of World Religions


  • A.B.D., American History, Louisiana State University, 2010
  • M.A., History, Western Carolina University, 2002
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Georgia, 2000
  • B.A., History, University of Georgia, 1999


 “Asheville, NC.” Encyclopedia of Appalachia.  Knoxville: Eastern Tennessee University. 2006

“‘Adequate in Our Courtesy:’ Race Relations in Jackson County, North Carolina.” Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review (Spring 2002): 31-51

“The Fight for Student’s Rights: Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.” Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review (Spring 2001): 6-26

Williams, Max ed. The History of Jackson County. Sesquicentennial Edition. Sylva, NC: Jackson County Historical Society, 2001. (contributor); 

Work Experience

  • Senior Lecturer, 2017 to present - University of North Georgia
  • Lecturer, 2010-2017 - Gainesville State College / University of North Georgia
  • Instructor of History, 2007-2010 - Gainesville State College / North Georgia College & State University

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