Michael Wakeford

Associate ProfessorDivision of Liberal Arts
Michael Wakeford

Dr. Mike Wakeford is a historian and associate professor in the Division of Liberal Arts. He teaches courses in United States cultural and intellectual history—with particular interests in the histories of the arts in American life, urban history and public history. 

Career Highlights
  • Co-Curator and Project Coordinator, "This School, This City: Celebrating 50 Years of UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem"
  • Dissertation: “The Aesthetic Republic: Art, Education, and Social Imagination in the United States, 1900-1960” (University of Chicago, 2014)
  • “Nonprofessional Education—In Pursuit of a ‘Broad Understanding of Architectural Values,’” in Joan Ockman and Rebecca Williamson, eds. "Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America" (Boston, MA: MIT Press, 2012).
  • “A Short Look at a Long Past,” in Nick Rabkin and Robin Redmond, eds., "Putting the Arts In the Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century" (Chicago Center for Arts Policy, 2004)


  • Society for United States Intellectual History
  • Chair, UNCSA Faculty Council
  • Executive Director (interim), New Winston Museum
  • Trustee, North Carolina Humanities Council
  • Member, Board of Directors, Kaleideum


Ph.D. HistoryUniversity of Chicago

M.A. HistoryIndiana University at Bloomington

B.A. HistoryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill