EDUCATION

2014-2018     Doctor of Philosophy, Middle Tennessee State University

                      Public History, Dissertation Advisor: Louis Woods, PhD

                      Title: “The Combative Tactics of the NAACP Against Unfair Housing Laws and                     

                      Practices: A Comparative Study of the Dynamic Changes in Urban and Rural Landscapes 1920-1960.”

2010-2013     Master of Arts, North Carolina Central University

                      United States History, Public History Concentration

                      Thesis Advisor: Rhonda Jones, PhD

                      Thesis: “Endangered Durham No More: African American Preservation Efforts in the City of Medicine, 1970-2010.”

 

2006-2010     Bachelor of Liberal Arts, North Carolina Central University History, Cum Laude

RESEARCH INTERESTS


19th and 20th Century African American history, historic preservation, material culture, the built environment (housing), Southern history and digital history

PUBLICATIONS 

Combating the Politics of Housing Discrimination in a Southern City: Race, Place, and Preservation in Nashville, Tennessee Since 1920. (Under contract, University of Arkansas Press) 

 

Gatson, Torren, and Tiffany Momon. “Labor or Artistry? Reconceptualizing Black Craftsmen: The Creation of the Black Craftsman Digital Archive.” The Southern Quarterly, Forthcoming

 

Gatson, Torren and Louis Woods II. “To Tighten the Walls of the Negro Ghettos: The NAACP’s Fight Against Discriminatory Federal Housing Administration Mortgage Insurance Policies, 1937-1962.” The Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians, Vol 28, (September 2020). 

 

Guest Editor. “Introduction for the Special Edition on African American Material Culture.” The Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts (The MESDA Journal) VOL. 41, (Summer 2020).

 

Bynum, Thomas L, and Torren Gatson. "Mitchell, Juanita Jackson;" American National Biography Online, Oxford University Press (2017).

 

Bynum, Thomas L, and Torren Gatson. "Hurley, Ruby;" American National Biography Online, Oxford University Press (2017).

WORKS IN PROGRESS

 

Black Craftspeople on the Southern Landscape, 1650-1865. Edited Volume (Co-Editor)

Gatson, Torren and Sarah Calise. “We are, “True Blue,” Too: Civil Rights and Civil Unrest on the Campus of Middle Tennessee State University 1930-1990. Tennessee Historical Quarterly. (Under Review)

REFEREED JOURNAL/PROFESSIONAL PARTICIPATION

 

ReVeal Digital (affiliate of ITHAKA), consultant on “Understanding Hate In America” project

The Decorative Arts Trust, Inclusivity in Museums partnership grant, reviewer 

Winterthur Portfolio A Journal of American Material Culture, peer-reviewer

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Guest Editor  Vol. 44 Summer 2020

 

 

Present          Assistant Professor of Public History, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Present          Affiliate Faculty, African American & Africana Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2020              Adjunct Professor, Wake Forest University

2018-2019     Visiting Assistant Professor, History, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2017-2018     Lecturer, Department of History, Middle Tennessee State University

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

COURSES TAUGHT

 

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
HIS 213 Topics in American History: The Quest for African American Citizenship HIS 317 Introduction to Public History
HIS 401 Topics in Public History: Oral History
HIS 403/502 Topic in African American History: Politics of Urban Spaces
HIS 627 Museum and Historic Site Interpretation (Graduate Seminar)
HIS 626 The Practice of Public History (Graduate Seminar)
HIS 631 Digital History (Graduate Seminar)
HIS 633 Community History Practicum (Graduate Seminar)
HIS 720 Public History Capstone I (Graduate Seminar)
HIS 721 Public History Capstone II (Graduate Seminar)

Wake Forest University

HIS 723 Special Topics in African American History (Graduate Seminar)

Middle Tennessee State University

United States History to 1865

United States History Since 1865

2020      Gladys Strawn Bullin Award (Leadership and Service), Nominated 2019 UNCG New Faculty Research Grant 

2019      UNCG New Faculty Research Grant ($10,000)
2016      Decorative Arts Trust Emerging Scholar
2014      James N. Leonard Scholarship (Department of History, MTSU)
2014      Middle Tennessee State University Access and Diversity Scholarship

HONORS AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES

Harvest Lecture Series, Keynote: “Mobility in America’s First Planned City: Understanding Salve Badges and Enslaved Autonomy on the Southern Landscape [Davenport Museum & Historic Savannah Foundation, Savannah Georgia] (Fall 2020)

 

Association of African American Museums & Emerging Museum Professionals Washington, D.C. Rethinking GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, & Museums): Exploring Digital Impact and Activism, Panelist (Fall 2020)

 

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Tuesday Talk!: The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive [Virtual Event] (Fall 2020) 

 

UNCG Minerva Scholars graduate lecture series, The Yellow Sentinels: A Retrospective on Desegregation and Black Lives Matter, Invited Panelist (Fall 2020)

 

Race and Racism in American History Forum Part II, Panelist [Virtual Event at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Live-Streamed] (Summer 2020)

 

Old Salem Museum and Gardens, “Salem Presents: In The Shadow of Freedom: The Slave Badge in 18th and 19th Charleston, South Carolina,” Invited Lecture [Via crowdcast.io] (Summer 2020)

MESDA Journal Live! A virtual discussion with contributing authors featured in the MESDA Journal, Vol 41 (Summer 2020)

African American Historical Commission “Oasis Spaces Green Book Project” Panelist [Event Held at The International Civil Rights Museum, Greensboro, NC] (Spring 2020) 

High Point University, “A Turbulent Ride, African Americans and Housing, 1865-1965.” Guest Lecture for professor Paul Ringel (Fall 2019)

 

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) National Meeting “People Not Property: Reading the History of North Carolina Slave Deeds” [Held at The University of Maryland, College Park] (Fall 2019)

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) “Conceptualizing Black Movement in Charleston, South Carolina: Slave Badges and their Impact on the Formation of Culture” [Held in Charleston, South Carolina] (Fall 2019) 

National Council on Public History annual meeting (NCPH), “Early Career Public History Academics: Questions, Issues, Resources,” [Working Group] (Spring 2019) 

6th Annual Novem Mason Symposium for Engaged Community Design, “Wanersville, Memory, and Community Heritage Design.” [Held at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro] (Spring 2019) 

9th Annual Lemon Project Symposium, The College of William and Mary: “Objects and Places: Telling the Truth and its Consequences,” Panelist (Spring 2019) 

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Guest Lecture, “Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil: A Conversation on African American Life and Interpretation; throughout Historic Sites and Plantations in the Low Country (Summer 2018)

Southern Labor Association Conference: “Dirty Work”. Presentation, “The Dirty Work of Black Iron from the Backcountry: Investigating slaves at Vesuvius Iron Plantation” [Held at the University of Georgia] (Spring 2018)

Invited Presenter at Colonial Williamsburg 69th Annual Antiques Forum-American Craftsman: Influence and Innovation (Held in Williamsburg, Virginia). Presentation on “Dr. Who? Apothe -What?: The Birth of the Modern Pharmacy through the Lens of an 18th Century Apothecary Chest” (Spring 2017)

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Summer Institute (Held in Williamsburg, Virginia). Presentations on “Dr. Who? Apothe- What?: The Birth of the Modern Pharmacy through the Lens of an 18th Century Apothecary Chest” (Summer 2016)

2nd Annual Slave Dwelling Conference (Held in Charleston, South Carolina). Group Presentation on “Transitional Spaces, Transitional Times: Looking at Slave Dwellings Beyond the Civil War” (Fall 2015) 

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (Centennial Celebration, Held in Atlanta, Georgia). Presentation on “In the Shadow of Freedom: Contextualizing Culture and Autonomy through 18th and 19th Century Charleston Slave Badges” (Fall 2015)

Invited Presenter, Department of Veterans Affairs Annual Diversity Luncheon (Smyrna, Tennessee). Presentation on “From Whence We Come: Carter G. Woodson, ASNLH and the Formation of Black History Month” (Spring 2015)

Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Conference (Held in Memphis, Tennessee). Presentation on “Many Shades of Blue: Sylvester Brooks, Bart McCash and the Fight for Racial Equality at MTSU, 1967-1970” (Fall 2014)

The Slave Dwelling Project Annual Conference (Held in Savannah, Georgia). Panel Discussion on “Slave Dwellings and Heritage Farms in Tennessee: Decoding and Preserving the Landscape of Work in the South” (Fall 2014) 

North Carolina Central University Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposium and Competition (Held in Durham, North Carolina). Presentation on “The Dynamics of Mary McLeod Bethune.” Selected First-Place Winner of Oral Graduate Presentations (Spring 2013) 

3rd Annual African Diaspora Studies Symposium in Memory of Dr. Sylvia Jacobs (Held in Durham, North Carolina). Panel Moderator on “Haiti: A Diasporic Community” (Spring 2013) 

Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Convention (Held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Presentation on “Intertwined in Solidarity: The Partnerships of Mary McLeod Bethune” (Fall 2012) 

North Carolina Central University Women’s History Month Lecture Series (Held in Durham, North Carolina). Presentation on “Mary McCloud Bethune: A Public Historian” (Spring 2012) 

North Carolina Central University Black History Month Celebration (Held in Durham North Carolina). Presentation on “Priestesses of Preservation: Black Club Women as Cultural Bearers” (Spring 2012) 

E.E. Thorpe Lecture Series (Held in Durham, North Carolina). Presentation on “Life at the Museum of the Confederacy and After.”
Panel composed of interns from the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia (Fall 2011)