Alvis E. Dunn, Ph.D.

HUM 324 Coordinator ; Associate Professor of History

Contact Information

  • 251-6620
  • 206 Whitesides Hall

Office Hours

  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thursday 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
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  • Ph.D. 1999, UNC Chapel Hill
  • M.A. 1990, UNC Chapel Hill
  • M.A. 1985, Appalachian State University
  • B.A. 1980, UNC Chapel Hill

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Digital Pedagogy
  • The colonial history of Central America, particularly Guatemala
  • The American South and North Carolina
  • The colonial and early national period history of the United States
  • Film and History in Latin America


  • Review of Substance and Seduction: Ingested Commodities in Early Modern Mesoamerica, eds. Stacey Schwartzkopf and Kathryn Sampeck, in Mesoamerica. (Forthcoming)
  • "Black Mountain Poet Robert Creeley and Bobbie Louise Hawkins in Guatemala: 1959-1961." Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, vol. 12, May 2021.
  • “Five Months with a Confederate General in Guatemala: The Journal of Minister Plenipotentiary Pierce M.B. Young, 1895,” in The Southern Quarterly, vol. 55, #4, Summer 2018.
  • Book chapter entitled, “Keila’s Story,” in The Human Tradition in Twentieth Century Latin America, edited by Judith Ewell and William Beezley, Rowman and Littlefield.
  • "African American Boxer Billy Clarke in Modernizing Guatemala," in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.720.
  • “Introduction to Special Issue in Honor of Richmond Brown,” The Latin Americanist, The Journal of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, Vol. 61, Issue 4, pp. 456-7, December, 2017.
  • Review of Wendy Kramer, W. George Lovell, and Christopher H. Lutz’ Saqueo en El Archivo:  El Paradero de Los Tesoros Documentales Guatemaltecos, Mesoamerica, Vol. 57, Fall, 2016.
  • Book Chapter, “’Los mira con otros ojos’:  el gobernador de indios Manuel Silverio, el aguardiente y las identidades étnicas en Quetzaltenango, 1780-1785,“ in La época colonial en Guatemala: Estudios de historia cultural y social, edited by Robinson Herrera and Stephen Webre, Editorial Universitaria de la Universidad de San Carlos, June, 2014.
  •  “'Los mira con otros ojos’: el gobernador de indios Manuel Silverio, el aguardiente y las identidades étnicas en Quetzaltenango, 1780–1785,” Forthcoming, in La Epoca Colonial en Guatemala: Estudios de Historia Social y Cultural, edited by Robinson Herrera and Stephen Webre (University of San Carlos, Guatemala).
  • “‘A sponge soaking up all the money’: Alcohol, Taverns, Vinaterias and the Bourbon Reforms in mid-Eighteenth Century Santiago de los Caballeros, Guatemala,” in Distilling the Influence of Alcohol: Aguardiente in Guatemalan History, edited by David Carey (University of Florida, 2012).
  • Research Assistant with Leon Fink on The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South (Temple, 2003).

Courses Taught

  • “Cultural Crossroads: Migration and Community Transformation,” a Multi-Campus, Team-Taught, Distance-Mentored COPLACDigital Course. Website:
  • Pre-Columbian American History
  • The History of the Atlantic World: 1492—1820.
  • The Historian’s Craft
  • Capestone Thesis Seminar
  • The United States to 1865
  • The Changing Face of the South: A Demographic History of North Carolina
  • “Southern Culture on the Skids”? Sports, Food and Music in the American South
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Modern Latin America
  • Independence in Colonial America
  • Latin American History through Film

This faculty member teaches in UNC Asheville's Humanities Program.

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