Department of History

Elijah Gaddis

Elijah Gaddis Assistant Professor
320C Thach Hall
Personal web site

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 9:30-11:00
  • Thursday 9:30-11:00


Elijah Gaddis studies the spatial, material, and cultural histories of the 20th century South. His current research project focuses on the attempts by three generations of African Americans to create and maintain spaces of pleasure and celebration in the Jim Crow South. This history, which relies on archival research, oral history interviews, digital mapping, and material culture analysis, is centered on the lives of ordinary Black Southerners during an age of tumult and transition.

As a public and digital historian Dr, Gaddis  has curated a variety of exhibits, built numerous online archives and projects, and run oral history initiatives. Much of his recent public history work has been through the Community Histories Workshop based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which he co-founded. In his public history work, and in his teaching, Dr. Gaddis focuses on community engagement and collaboration, and creating historical interpretation in unexpected places.


Ph.D., 2017, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (American Studies) 

M.A., 2013, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Folklore)

Last Updated: February 20, 2019