Darin Waters, Ph.D.

Honors Director, Director for Community Engagement, and Professor of History

Contact Information

  • dwaters@unca.edu
  • 828-258-7710
  • 201 Phillips Hall

Dr. Darin J. Waters is an Assistant Professor of History and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of North Carolina Asheville where he teaches courses in American history, North Carolina History, Appalachian History, African American and Brazilian History.  He also specializes in the history of race relations in both the United States and Latin America.

Dr. Waters received his doctorate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012.  Dr. Waters’ research focuses on the history of African Americans in Asheville and Western North Carolina.  More recently, Dr. Waters has written about issues surrounding the construction of the nation’s collective historical memory, exploring the impact that that memory has on the present.  In his role as Special Assistant to the Chancellor of UNC Asheville, Dr. Waters works closely with community leaders and organizations to strengthen old and build new partnerships for and with the university.   For the past three years, he has successfully organized three major conferences on the history of African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia.  The conference has grown to become a major annual event for the university.  Dr. Waters is also the co-host of The Waters and Harvey Show, a weekly radio program that airs on WCQS the local NPR/Public radio station in Asheville.



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  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • M.A., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2001
  • B.S., Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, 1991

Research and Teaching Interest

  • 19th Century American History
  • Southern History
  • North Carolina
  • African American History
  • Latin American History

Courses Regularly Taught

  • United States History to 1865
  • United States History since 1865
  • North Carolina History
  • United States Constitutional History to 1865
  • United States Constitutional History Since 1865
  • African American History to 1865
  • The African American Presence in Appalachia

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