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
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
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