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Darin Waters

Darin Waters

Dr. Darin J. Waters—is an Assistant Professor of History and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Outreach and Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Asheville; where he teaches courses American history, North Carolina history, Appalachian history, African American, and Latin American 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 in 2012.  While at Chapel Hill, he worked with Dr. Harry L. Watson and the noted African American historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin.  Dr. Waters’ own research has focused on the history of African Americans in Asheville and Western North Carolina.  His dissertation, which was titled, Life Beneath the Veneer, The African American Community in Asheville from 1793-1900, examines the development of Asheville black Community in the years following the American Civil War.  More recently, Dr. Waters has written about issues surrounding the construction of our collective historical memory.  In addition to this Assistant Professorship, Dr. Waters is the co-host of The Waters and Harvey Show, a local radio show that airs on WRES 100.7 FM every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Dr. Waters currently serves as a member of The North Carolina Historic Markers Commission, the board of the National Blue Ridge Heritage Area, the board of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial of Historic Asheville, and the North Carolina Civil War History Center.  Dr. Waters is a past chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Raleigh, and a past member of the State’s North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.