College of Arts and Humanities

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: Public History, Museum History, U.S. History, Ghost Stories, Folklore, Myth, and Legend, Tourism, Place.

Upper-Level Courses:

  • Folklife
  • Fieldwork in History
  • Introduction to Public History
  • Museum Studies
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Topics in Public History

Graduate Courses: 

  • Introduction to Public History
  • Seminar in Public History
  • Advanced Topics in Public History
  • Museum Studies


Contact Information:

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

Office: Hawes Hall 109c
Email: apirok@georgiasouthern.edu
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-) https://twitter.com/remnantology Co-created with Phil Levy, Instagram (2017-) https://www.instagram.com/remnantology/ Curated images of the past emerging in the present day.

Last updated: 10/19/2019

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY • Hawes Hall # 110, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419-1997 •
Interdisciplinary Academic Building, #3007, P.O. Box 8054, Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-4478