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William Katerberg
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Carol Higham
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Carol HighamCarol Higham

Adjunct Assistant Professor of History
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Garinger 226
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

(704) 687-4633


Educational background

Wellesley College B. A., cum laude, History/Sociology, 1987
Yale University M.A., American Western History, 1988
Duke University Ph.D., 1993


Teaching award

  • Outstanding Teacher Award 1999-2000, Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, Texas A & M Chapter.


Research and professional interests

Dr. Higham is a comparative social historian of missionary and anthropological work in the U. S. and Canadian Wests. Her main interests focus around how images of Indians and other peoples of color shape policies and relationships between them and the governments and institutions. Her focus revolves around the nineteenth-century, but her current work extends backwards into the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


Recent activities

In 2009, Dr. Higham and Dr. Katerberg published a survey history textbook on the American West: Conquests & Consequences: The American West from Frontier to Region. Additionally, she and Dr. Katerberg edit a series related to this textbook, focusing on topics including women, blacks, religion, and environment in the West. She is currently working on a book on the Civil War from a western perspective and a book on Euro-American tales of Indians as cannibals.

Dr. Higham currently teaches a freshmen-level course on Indians and democracy, a sophomore writing seminar, and a course on the Civil War in the West.


Life outside college and teaching

“I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, camping, hiking, and swimming. I also am an avid baker (breads and cakes mainly) and spend many nights knitting or reading junky novels. My daughter and I enjoy attending the symphony; my husband and I enjoy eating at exotic restaurants; my son and I enjoy making up jokes and bad puns together."


See a partial list of Carol Highman's publications.