the Center for Historic Preservation
Middle Tennessee State University
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Dr. Carroll Van West currently serves as Tennessee State Historian, is the co-chair of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and is director of The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. West serves on the board of advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and continues to work extensively with the National Register of Historic Places program. He has worked with museum and preservation projects in many other states and has been recently working on historic preservation issues in Alabama, Mississippi, and Montana. He has written numerous articles and book reviews in southern and western history. He regularly speaks to history, museum, preservation, and civic groups and conferences in Tennessee and across the nation.
Dr. West’s research interests lie in 19th and 20th century southern and western history as well as architecture and material culture. As a professor in MTSU’s history department, he teaches courses in architectural history, historic preservation, and state and local history. West has directed to completion over eighty M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations of MTSU graduate students in history, historic preservation, and public history.
A native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, West holds a B.A. from MTSU, a master’s degree in history from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate in history from the College of William & Mary.
Books Authored by Carroll Van West:
Books with Contributions by Carroll Van West:
The Rocky Mountain Region: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures
Greenwood Press, 2005
“We Shall Independent Be”: African American Place Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the United States
University Press of Colorado, 2008
Books edited by Carroll Van West:
University of Tennessee Press, 2002 • The first such textbook on Tennessee’s African American history in over 20 years
Tennessee Historical Society
• Tennessee Historical Society 1998 Co-winner of the Tennessee History Book Award
• Recipient of AASLH Award of Merit in 1999
University of Tennessee Press, 1998