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Dr. Jessie Swigger

Jessie Swigger

Associate Professor

College of Arts and Sciences


Contact Information

Phone: 828.226.6074
Office: 221B McKee Building
Pronouns: she, her


Jessie Swigger received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Dr. Swigger is now an Associate Professor in the History Department at WCU and she is also Director of Public History. Dr. Swigger's book, History is Bunk: Assembling the Past at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village (2015) won the Henry Ford Heritage Association Book Award and received an Honorable Mention for the 2016 National Council on Public History Book Award. Dr. Swigger has also received an award from the North Carolina Museums Council. She is currently working on a history of the first four children's museums in the United States.


  • Ph D, University of Texas Austin
  • MA, University of Texas Austin
  • BA, University of Texas Austin

Teaching Interests

American History, Public History, and Urban History

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