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Dr. Alena Pirok

Assistant Professor of History (2017).

B.A., Southern Illinois University, 2011; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2013, 2017.

Teaching and Research Interests: Memory, Public History, 20th Century US, Museum History, Folklore, Ghost Stories, Tourism History.

Upper-Level Courses:

  • HIST 2500: Explorations in History, Haunted Histories
  • HIST 3231: Introduction to Public History
  • HIST 3770″ US 1917-1945
  • HIST 5252: Folklife

Graduate Courses: 

  • HIST 7638 Introduction to Public History
  • HIST 5210G Urban Public History


Contact Information:

Department of History
Georgia Southern University, Armstrong
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419-1997

Office: Hawes Hall 109c
Fax: 912-478-0377

Selected Publications: 

  • “George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument Summer 2013 Archaeological Record Reassessment,” National Park Service, GEWA, Westmoreland County, Virginia, Fall 2014. Co-authored with Philip Levy and Amy Muraca.

Professional Activities, Honor, and Awards:

  • Awards and Operations Committee, 2017, Armstrong State University.
  • Environmental Sustainability Committee, 2018-2020, National Council on Public History.

Current Research:

  • Book Manuscripts:
    • Haunts in History Land: Colonial Williamsburg and the Uncanny Humanity of Place. A monograph.
    • Ghostly Tidings: The Intersection of Hauntings and Archaeology. An edited volume.
  • Digital Projects:
    • “The Old Dominion’s Ghosts.” A curated Story Map of place based-historical ghost lore, as well as regularly scheduled events and tours in Virginia.
    • @Remnantology, Twitter (2013-)  Co-created with Phil Levy; Instagram (2017-)  Curated images of the past emerging in the present day.

Last updated: 6/30/2021