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Michael P. Wakeford
university of north carolina school of the arts
Undergraduate Academic Faculty
1533 S. Main St.
Gray Building, Room 221
Winston Salem, NC 27127
336.631.1507
email me: wakefordm@uncsa.edu
The odd notion that an artist does not think
and a scientific inquirer does nothing else
is the result of converting a difference of tempo and emphasis
into a difference in kind.


—John Dewey,
Art as Experience, 1934
meMike Wakeford is a historian of modern American culture and ideas. Joining the Undergraduate Academic Program faculty in 2007, he teaches in the Foundations of Western Thought sequence and offers electives in American history. Boston born and Tarheel bred, he grew up in Carrboro, NC. He holds a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in History from Indiana University-Bloomington, and is completing his PhD in History at the University of Chicago. He is currently at work on "The Aesthetic Republic: American Art Education, Creative Selfhood, and Democratic Imagination, 1920-1960." Previously, he has taught at the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University, and served as General Editor of the online essay series, Democratic Vistas Profiles: Essays in the Arts and Democracy, at the Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College Chicago. He is the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation's Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship and the Program on the Arts Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. A fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Fighting Pickles, Wakeford is grateful they will never meet in the World Series.
Courses I teach:

2009-2010: (see full descriptions)
  • The Education of Barack Obama, or The Philosophy of “44”
  • US Intellectual History I, 1630-1858
  • Building Nations: Architecture, Urban Form, and National Identity, 1800-2000 (w/ Hans Gabriel)
  • The Nation’s Nature: The Environment in American Thought and Culture CANCELLED
  • American Manhood CANCELLED
  • The Arts and Democracy in 20th C. America CANCELLED

2008-2009: (see full course descriptions)
  • Modern US Intellectual History syllabus
  • Urban Spaces, Buildings, and Historical Narratives syllabus
  • Talkin' Freedom: The 1st Amendment and Censorship in US History
  • The Meanings of Museums in American History
2007-2008:
  • America Between the Wars  syllabus
  • Art and Commerce in American Culture syllabus
  • Education and Democratic Ideals in American Life syllabus
  • Foundations of Western Thought: Religious Worldviews old syllabus
  • Foundations of Western Thought: Self and Society old syllabus
  • Foundations of Western Thought: Concept of Style old syllabus
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