Andrew Denson

Department of History
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator

Andrew Denson, WCU Department of History

Phone:  828-227-3867
Office Address: McKee Building 203B


Andrew Denson teaches courses on Native American and United States history and participates in WCU's Cherokee Studies program.  He is the author of Demanding the Cherokee Nation: Indian Autonomy and American Culture (University of Nebraska Press, 2004), as well as articles in various journals.  His most recent publication is an essay titled "Reframing the Indian Dead: Removal-Era Cherokee Graves and the Changing Landscape of Southern Memory" in Death and the American South, eds. Craig Thompson Friend and Lorri Glover (Cambridge University Press, 2015).  He is currently writing a book about the commemoration and public memory of Cherokee removal in the modern South with the working title Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and Southern Memory.  He grew up near Chicago and earned degrees from the University of Illinois and Indiana University.

Courses Taught:

  • History 175: "Native American Civilizations"
  • History 232: "United States History Since 1865"
  • History 297: "Sophomore Seminar" 
  • History 433: “The Young Republic”
  • History 445: “Cherokee History”
  • History 493/593: “Native American Sovereignty”
  • History 622: "Native American History"

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