Valerie Burnes

Assistant Professor of History
Station 22
Wallace Hall 308A
(205) 652-3856
  • PhD, Auburn University, 2012
  • MA, Auburn University
  • BA, Judson College, 1999
Professional Biography:

Since the fall of 2008, I have had the privilege of serving as the Director of the Center for the Study of the Black Belt, as well as Assistant Professor of History.  As Director of the Center, I work with multiple projects at UWA including the Black Belt Garden, the Black Belt Conservation Research Institute, the VISTA program, the Black Belt Archives, the Black Belt Symposium, the Black Belt Hall of Fame, the Campbell Environmental Education Center, as well as the covered bridge, Cedarwood, and the Chapel complex.

Employment Date: August 2008
Courses usually taught:

HY 101 and 102 – History of Western Civilization
HY 212- US History II
HY 409 – Internship in Historic PreservationHY 420 – Alabama History

Additional UWA Assignments:

Director of the Center for the Study of the Black Belt in the Division of Educational Outreach, Director of the Black Belt Hall of Fame, Supervisor for the Black Belt Symposium on History and Literature, Director of the UWA VISTA program, Director of the Black Belt Archives

Committees: Service Learning Committee, Chair
Academic / Research Interests

Civil Rights History, Women’s History, Archival Studies, Historic Preservation

Recent Publications:

Currently writing an article for the spring 2013 publication of Alabama Heritage magazine on Cedarwood, an 1818 house relocated to the UWA campus; article entitled “Life, Death and Barbecue:  Food and Community in Sumter County” in Tributaries 13, 2011.

Recent Grants:

Grant to rehabilitate/restore the Covered Bridge; Grant to move and restore two churches to campus

Additional Information:

Secretary of Phi Kappa Phi; Member of the Sumter County Fine Arts Council; Attended a quilting workshop with the quilters of the Gee’s Bend Quilter’s Cooperative; Member of the Board of the Alabama Historical Association; Living History demonstrator for chair caning including rush and reed seats; Member of the Cahawba Advisory Commission; Member of the Maritime Advisory Council