Department of History

Elijah Gaddis

Elijah Gaddis Assistant Professor
320C Thach Hall
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  • Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and by appointment


Elijah Gaddis studies the spatial, material, and cultural histories of the 19th and 20th century South. He is currently completing his first book, tentatively titled “Gruesome Looking Objects: A Material History of Lynching.” This work looks at the souvenirs, mementos, and relics collected and created to preserve the memory of lynchings over the course of a century. Rooted in interdisciplinary methods--material culture, ethnography, spatial and landscape studies--the book  examines the lingering attachments to objects of racial violence and collective accountability for the afterlives of these fraught objects.

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

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

Last Updated: August 14, 2019