Dr. Adam W. Dean, Associate Professor of History, is the John M. Turner Chair in the Humanities.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Dean received his BA in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MA and PhD in U.S. History from the University of Virginia. Dr. Dean’s specialties include 19th-century America, U.S. environmental history, and global environmental history. He is passionate about integrating scholarship into teaching and promoting experiential learning.
Dr. Dean’s first book, An Agrarian Republic: Farming, Antislavery Politics, and Nature Parks in the Civil War Era, came out in 2015 with the University of North Carolina press. He has spoken extensively about the topics in this book, including a 2016 appearance on CSPAN. Dr. Dean is co-leading a domestic study away program at the University of Lynchburg to Yellowstone National Park in 2021. His next focus is on comparative national parks, examining the similarities between Scandinavian parks and those in the U.S. An article on President Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2020.
During his time at Lynchburg, Dr. Dean has supervised a number of experiential learning projects, including a digital history website on the city of Lynchburg during the Civil War, a public exhibit at the American Civil War Museum, in Appomattox, and a set of panels on Reconstruction at Historic Sandusky. As Turner Chair, Dr. Dean looks forward to promoting similar projects in the humanities and continuing to write and speak on topics of public importance.