Fac Kathryn NewfontKathryn Newfont

Associate Professor of History & Faculty Chair of the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies

Office: 317 Cornwell
Phone: (828) 689-1117
E-Mail: knewfont@mhu.edu
Campus Box: 6764

Kathryn Newfont (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001) specializes in U.S. History, where she has broad interests in environmental history, women’s history, regional studies, and oral history. She enjoys living in and studying the beautiful mountains around Mars Hill. Convinced that Appalachian history is important to U.S. History and beyond, she spends much of her time working with the rich Southern Appalachian Archives in the college’s Ramsey Center for Regional Studies. These archives contain primary-source treasures of mountain political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental history. Mars Hill history students often tap these materials for Senior Seminar and other research projects. The National Endowment for the Humanities recently confirmed the archives’ national importance with a major Challenge Grant Award for their support. In the classroom Dr. Newfont enjoys introducing students to the magic of primary sources, helping students wrestle with large issues and debates in U.S. History, and assisting students to discover their own historical passions and research interests. Her research centers on the history of Southern Appalachian forests and the people they have sustained. She is currently working on a book project focused on twentieth-century forest politics in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Courses Taught

* HIS 223: American History to 1865
* HIS 224: The United States since 1865
* HIS 330: Women in the American Experience
* HIS 349: Appalachian Oral History
* HIS 350: African American History
* HIS 415: Early America
* HIS 430: American Environmental History
* HIS 491: Senior Seminar