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. My dissertation ​research focuses on under-preserved spaces of the US Civil Rights Movement, ​focusing on historic homes and exhibits that represent homespaces.

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.

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.

When I am not working, you might find me baking, walking my dog Hamilton (or ​others from a local animal shelter), or ice skating.

Curriculum Vitae​

Current Projects

Underpreserved and ​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

Relational geographies of ​Black American artist, ​Beauford Delaney

Research assistantship through ​UTK Libraries


News + Publications

“Taking a longer historical view of America’s renaming moment: The role of Black ​onomastic activism within the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)” in​ Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, M​ay 2024.

“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.

Curriculum Vitae​


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