Michael Wakeford

History, HumanitiesDivision of Liberal Arts

Michael Wakeford

Dr. Michael Wakeford is an associate professor of history and humanities 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. 

I am a deeply engaged teacher, personally invested in my students as learners, human beings, and future artist-citizens. I am passionate about the material I teach as well as the arts-conservatory context I teach within. Most important, I am committed to growth, innovation, and improvement as an instructor.

Dr. Michael Wakeford
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)

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021


  • Society for United States Intellectual History
  • Chair, UNCSA Faculty Council
  • Interim Executive Director, MUSE Winston-Salem
  • Trustee, North Carolina Humanities Council
  • Member, Board of Directors, Kaleideum
  • Member, Board of Directors, Creative Corridors Coalition


Ph.D. HistoryUniversity of Chicago

M.A. HistoryIndiana University at Bloomington

B.A. HistoryUNC Chapel Hill