Katrina Stack

cultural geographer focusing on race, ​public memory, heritage preservation and ​critical place naming.

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About Me

I am a PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I am ​a cultural geographer, and my primary research areas are geographies of memory ​and Black geographies, specifically public memory, historic preservation, heritage ​tourism, and critical place naming.

I am the Graduate Research Assistant for the Beauford Delaney Papers, recently ​acquired by the University of Tennessee special collections. Beauford Delaney was ​a Black American artist from Knoxville, Tennessee who is becoming recognized as ​one of the preeminent abstract expressionist artists from the United States. In ​addition to assisting with the descriptive cataloging and finding aid for the ​collection, my work includes preparing physical and digital exhibitions, conducting ​oral histories, and promoting the research value of the collection through public ​programming.

I am a research fellow for Tourism RESET (Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in ​Tourism), a multi-university and interdisciplinary research and outreach initiative ​that seeks to identify, study, and challenge patterns of social inequity in the ​tourism industry.

I hold a MS in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University, with a ​concentration in heritage interpretation and museum practice. I earned a BA in ​History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Curriculum Vitae​

Current Projects

Preservation and ​musealization of vernacular ​homes and other neglected ​spaces of the African ​American freedom struggle

Dissertation Research

Policies regarding the ​commemorative landscape ​of the Gettysburg National ​Military Park

Collaborator: Rebecca Sheehan, ​Oklahoma State University

Researching and reforming ​place naming practices on ​United States military bases

Collaborator: Derek Alderman, ​University of Tennessee, Knoxville


News + Publications

“Tent City/Freedom City Geographies: Teaching Beyond the ‘Canon’ of Civil ​Rights Movement Memory” in The Geography Teacher, March 2024.

Review of In the Shadow of the Big House: Twenty-First-Century Antebellum Slave Cabins ​and Heritage Tourism in Louisiana by Stephen Small for The Public Historian, February 2024.

“Gettysburg tells the story of more than a battle” for The Conversation,​ November 2023.

“How crosses and mementos help some Marines remember fallen comrades” ​for The Conversation, N​ovember 2021.

Curriculum Vitae​


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