Angela J. Smith
Public History Director
PhD 2011, Middle Tennessee State University
422M Minard Hall
Areas of Interest and Specialization: Public History, 20th Century American History, Digital History
Angela Smith grew up on the banks of Old Hickory Lake in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, during the 1960s and ‘70s. Her family’s home was surrounded on three sides by cow pastures, which today have been subdivided and crisscrossed with asphalt. That rural environment and connection to the past gave her the foundation for a career as a professor of history at North Dakota State University.
After she graduated from Belmont University in 1984 with a degree in English and communications, she spent 20 years working on the cutting edge of the sweeping graphic design technology shift as a print and web designer. Several years ago, she decided to weave her new media and graphic design experience with her passion for historical understanding, using storytelling and documentary filmmaking as primary tools.
Dr. Smith is the author of Here I Stand, the Life and Legacy of John Beecher (2017) published by University of Alabama Press.
History 104-U.S. History since 1877
History 251-Intro to Public History
History 252-Intro to Museum Studies
History 404/604-Digital History
History 424/624-20th Century American History, 1917-1960