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Adams, Megan.  2015.  “Through their Lenses: Examining Community-Sponsored Digital Literacy Practices in Appalachia.”  Ph.D. diss., Bowling Green State University.  233 pp.  “...looks at a specific digital storytelling project, titled Hollow [dir. Elaine McMillion, 2013; McDowell Co., W. Va.] to understand how residents in a small, Appalachian community are using digital tools and spaces to speak back to stereotypes and effect change in their community.”  See: Hollow: An Interactive Documentary (interactive website), http://www.hollowdocumentary.com.

Adams, Mikaela.  2012.  “Who Belongs? Becoming Tribal Members in the South.”  Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  331 pp.  Jim Crow South: Pamunkeys, Catawbas, Eastern Band of Cherokees, and Florida Seminoles.

Aiken, Elisabeth C.  2014.  “Capitalizing on Appalachia: Resisting Colonization and Exploitation in the Works of Ron Rash and Fred Chappell.”  Ph.D. diss., Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  234 pp.

Ak, Tutku.  2015.  “Implementation of Wildlife Corridors through Local Land Use Planning: Local Government Perspectives on what Works and Why” [Northern Appalachian eco-region].  Ph.D. diss., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  315 pp.


Alexander, Stephanie J. H.  2013.  “Views from the Summit: White Working Class Appalachian Males and their Perceptions of Academic Success.”  Ph.D. diss., Ohio University.  307 pp.  “...at one of ten community and technical colleges in West Virginia.”

Altavilla, Keith Fellows.  2013.  “Can We Call It Anything but Treason? Loyalty and Citizenship in Ohio Valley Soldiers” [Civil War; Copperheads].  Ph.D. diss.  Texas Christian University.  257 pp.

Arcila Naranjo, Juan Carlos.  2013.  “Diversifying Business Development: Exploring Opportunities to Attract Latino Entrepreneurs to West Virginia.”  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  178 pp.

Armstrong, David.  2014.  “Going Anywhere: Stories” [original writing].  Ph.D. diss., University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  246 pp.  “Growing up in a rural, Appalachian town, I recognized that tight-lipped doggedness was a mark of strength .... The stories in Going Anywhere track people moving through the landscape, their journeys, often destinationless, traversing the space between life’s dark realities and the fantastic leaps of faith we all make to survive.”

Arrington, Nellie Jane May.  2011.  “Culturally Responsive Teaching: Perceptions of Preservice Teachers in Appalachia” [interviews].  Ed.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  224 pp.

Bach, Alyssa Ann.  2013.  “Through the Eyes of a Child: Cultural Awareness via Appalachian Literature.”  Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University.  163 pp.  “Eight, fifth grade students....met three times a week to discuss an Appalachian junior novel, Trail of the Hunter’s Horn, by Billy C. Clark.

Bahnson, Bahne.  2015.  “Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Examining Opportunities for Learning on a Continuous 2,185-Mile Self Supported Hike.”  Ed.D. diss., University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).  185 pp.

Bessetti-Reyes, Gina.  2014.  “Women and the American Wilderness: Responses to Landscape and Myth.”  Ph.D. diss., Duquesne University.  276 pp.  “...explores three, middle to upper-class white women’s responses to wilderness from texts published between 1823 and 1939.... [including] Muriel Rukeyser’s reaction to the Gauley Bridge [W. Va.] Tragedy of the 1930s in her book of poems The Book of the Dead (1939).”

Birdwell, Tracey A.  2012.  “Cherokee Reckonings: Native Preachers, Protestant Missionaries, and the Shaping of an American Indian Religious Culture, 1801-1838.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Delaware.  299 pp.

Blanchette, Frances.  2015.  “English Negative Concord, Negative Polarity, and Double Negation.”  Ph.D. diss., City University of New York.  216.  Technical study, “Using data from the Audio-Aligned and Parsed Corpus of Appalachian English (Tortora et al., In Progress).”

Blanton, Dennis Bruce.  2012.  “The Inalienable Rite: Smoking Ritual During the Mississippian Stage in the South Appalachian Mississippian Region.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Virginia.  416 pp.  Native American Indian smoking pipes, AD 1000-1600.

Bowling, Roger A.  2015.  “Dual Credit in Southeast Kentucky: Accelerating Appalachian Success Or a Mode to Regress.”  D.E. diss., Eastern Kentucky University.  173 pp.  Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges’ Dual Credit programming.

Bozzi, Laura Anne.  2013.  “There Used to be a Mountain Here: Institutions, Advocates, and the Politics of Mountaintop Removal Mining and the Protection of Nature.”  Ph.D. diss., Yale University.  353 pp.

Brown, Lisa J.  2012.  “Legacy of Betrayal: A Trans-Atlantic Comparison of the Cherokee Removal and the Highland Clearances.”  Ph.D. diss., University of New Mexico.  285 pp.

Bryson, Krista Lynn.  2015.  “A Regional Rhetoric for Advocacy in Appalachia.”  Ph.D.  diss., Ohio State University.  413 pp.  “...research on...the Kentucky Moonlight Schools, ...The Urban Appalachian Council and Appalachian Community Development Fund, ...and Create West Virginia.”

Buessing, Marric G.  2014.  “The Role of Location and Contracts in Firm Governance and Labor: An Examination of the US Coal Industry.”  Ph.D. diss., Boston University.  134 pp.

Burke, Amanda J.  2015.  “An Investigation of Intimate Partner Violence Perceptions in Nine Appalachian Ohio Counties: A Health Belief Model Approach.”  Ph.D. diss., Kent State University.  240 pp.

Buseman, Michael J.  2012.  “Vending Vice: The Rise and Fall of West Virginia State Prohibition, 1852-1934.”  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  250  pp.

Butler, John.  2012.  “A History of Railroad Depots in Bloomington, Indiana and Roanoke, Virginia.”  Ph.D. diss., Indiana University.  332 pp.

Butler, Elizabeth Rosanne.  2013.  “A Comparison of Bluegrass Bands: 2013 Bands Versus the 1940s–1960s Bands.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Mississippi.  119 pp.

Butz, Amanda Ryan.  2015.  “Connecting the Dots: Social Capital and the College-Going Beliefs of Rural Appalachian Students.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  183 pp.

Chisom, Brian Thomas.  2009.  “The Influence of Private Colleges on Appalachian Identity: A Descriptive Case Study.”  Ph.D. diss., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  128 pp.

Chowkwanyun, Merlin.  2013.  “Dilemmas of Community Health: Medical Care and Environmental Health in Postwar America.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Pennsylvania.  557 pp.  Examines four regions: New York City, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Central Appalachia.

Clawson, Amber M.  2015.  “Building Tennessee: The McAdams Family Trade and Identity in the Southwest Backcountry.”  Ph.D. diss., Middle Tennessee State University.  267 pp.  “...focuses on the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century decorative arts in the Nolichucky River Valley of East Tennessee.”

Collins-Frohlich, Jesslyn.  2014.  “Creating Domestic Dependents: Indian Removal, Cherokee Sovereignty and Women’s Rights.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  235 pp.  “Indian Removal as a significant intersection of the Native American rights and women’s rights movements [1829].”

Conley, Lisa Marie.  2014.  “Talking Food: Motivations of Home Food Preservation Practitioners in Kentucky.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  147 pp.

Conner, Catherine A.  2012.  “Building Moderate Progress: Citizenship, Race, and Power in Downtown Birmingham, 1940-1992” [Ala.].  Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina.  400 pp.

Conner,Timothy W.  2013.  “The Cultural Discontinuity Hypothesis: An Appalachian American Perspective in Eastern Kentucky.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  132 pp.

Conroy-Krutz, Emily.  2012.  “The Conversion of the World in the Early Republic: Race, Gender, and Imperialism in the Early American Foreign Mission Movement.”  Ph.D. diss., Harvard University.  310 pp.

Cottrill, Virginia M.  2014.  “Life After Drop-Out: An Examination of Rural, Appalachian First Generation Non-Persisters.”  Ed.D. diss., Ohio University.  319 pp.

Crase, Kirsten Lee.  2014.  “Place as Common and Un-Common Wealth: A Relational Ethnographic Analysis of the Conceptual Landscapes of Place Amidst the Shifting Grounds of Letcher County, Kentucky and Southeast Washington, D.C.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, College Park.  279 pp.

Di Rocco, Samuel.  2012.  “In the Shadow of Steel: Leetonia, Ohio and Independent Iron Manufacturers in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys, 1845-1920.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Toledo.  326 pp.

Donaldson, Susanna Meredith.  2015.  “Farmers and Farmworkers: Negotiating Labor and Identity in Rural Northeast Tennessee” [burley tobacco].  Ph.D. diss., University of Iowa.  356 pp.  “I examine the more recent shift from reciprocal labor to wage labor--specifically the increased use of Mexican and Central American migrant farmworkers.”

Douzart, Ambronita Rose.  2013.  “Troubled Journey: Choctaws, Slaves, and Freedmen.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Texas at Dallas.  233 pp.

Drew, Chris.  2014.  “We Eat this Gold” [a novel].  Ph.D. diss., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  356 pp.  “...set in a small coal mining community, ...the novel explores the subtle social structures of rural America, the slow decline of modern coal communities, and the often oversimplified beliefs, worries, and biases found in small towns.”

Duchess, Eric D.  2012.  “Between Frontier and Factory: Growth and Development in Washington, Pennsylvania, 1810-1870.”  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  331 pp.

Duckett, Natasha Danielle.  2013.  “The Resiliency of the Good Mother Label among First-Time Applachian Mothers.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  197 pp.

Dunstan, Stephany Brett.  2013.  “The Influence of Speaking a Dialect of Appalachian English on the College Experience.”  Ph.D. diss., North Carolina State University.  423 pp.  “Qualitative interviews were conducted with 26 participants attending a large research university in an urban area of a Southern state.”

Easton, Tanya L.  2014.  “A Study of Faculty, Administrative, and Staff Perceptions of the Climate for Shared Governance at Appalachian College Association Member Institutions.”  Ed.D. diss., West Virginia University.  145 pp.  ACA: a non-profit consortium of 36 independent, four-year liberal arts colleges and universities spread across the central Appalachian Mountains.

Emrick, Isaac J.  2015.  “Maopewa Iati Bi: Takai Tonqyayun Monyton ‘to Abandon so Beautiful a Dwelling’: Indians in the Kanawha-New River Valley, 1500-1755.”  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  401 pp.  “The story of this part of the Ohio Valley has been obscured through time but has been carefully reconstructed to show that the historical, cultural, and political importance of this region for indigenous peoples was much deeper and more complicated than previously thought.”

Escher, Daniel.  2015.  “Unmoving People, Removing Mountains: Coal Mining, Cultural Matching, and Micro-Mobilization in Central Appalachia.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Notre Dame.  624 pp.  “...the fight over mountaintop removal coal mining .... cultural matching and mismatching in recruitment and enrollment.”

Evans, Carol Jo.  2010.  “‘Everyday Symbols for Mediation’: Conflict and Cooperation Over the Management of Cultural and Natural Resources within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area” [Ky., Tenn.].  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  341 pp.

Eyer, Jonathan Nelson.  2015.  “Three Essays on the Environmental Economics of the Shale Gas Boom.”  Ph.D. diss., North Carolina State University.  131 pp.

Ferguson, Cody.  2012.  “‘This is our land, we have the right to be heard’: Community-Based Environmental Activism in the Late Twentieth Century.”  Ph.D. diss., Arizona State University.  466 pp.  Examines the development of three grassroots environmental organizations between 1970 and 2000: the Northern Plains Resource Council in Montana, Southwest Environmental Service in Southern Arizona, and Save Our Cumberland Mountains in Eastern Tennessee.

Fickey, Amanda Lea.  2014.  “Redefining Development: Exploring Alternative Economic Practices in Appalachia” [ARC; Ky.; craft industry].  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  251 pp.

Fitts, Mary Elizabeth.  2015.  “Defending and Provisioning the Catawba Nation: An Archaeology of the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Communities at Nation Ford.”  Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  497 pp.  “...where the main trading path that traversed the southern Appalachian Piedmont crossed the Catawba River.”

Flatley, Elizabeth D.  2015.  “‘Our Forever Home’: Loss of Place and Shale Gas Development in Western Pennsylvania” [Washington and Lawrence counties].  Ph.D. diss., Temple University.  179 pp.

Foulds, Matthew Tyler.  2012.  “Enemies of the State: Methodists, Secession, and the Civil War in Western Virginia, 1845-1872.”  Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University.  361 pp.

Gentry, Ronda K.  2015.  “Cross-Cultural Conversations and Community Leadership: Creating Pathways for First-Generation Appalachian Students and Colleges.”  Ph.D. diss., Union Institute and University.  227 pp.

Gilley, Terence Michael.  2015.  “Institutions of Higher Education and Cultural Heritage Tourism: A Case Study of the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.”  Ph.D. diss., Old Dominion University.  179 pp.

Gilley, Jessey Edward.  2015.  “Imagining, Practicing and Contesting Road Development in Southern West Virginia, 1920s to 1970s.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kansas.  223 pp.

Goan, Bradley L.  2015.  “Missed Opportunities in the Mountains: The University of Kentucky’s Action Program in Eastern Kentucky in the 1960s.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  178 pp.

Gorby, William Hal.  2014.  “Saints, Sinners, and Socialists on the Southside: Polish Catholic Immigrant Workers, Politics, and Culture in Wheeling, West Virginia, 1890-1930.”  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  388 pp.

Gorman, Mary Kathleen.  2014.  “Social Consequence, Stakeholder Influence, and Resource Needs for Marcellus Shale Communities.”  Ph.D. diss., Walden University.  142 pp.

Gough, David Barrett.  2013.  “The Value of the Commonwealth: An Ecocritical History of Robinson Forest.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Iowa.  343 pp.  Robinson Forest is a southern Appalachian forest owned by the University of Kentucky.

Harless, Richard.  2012.  “‘Learn Our Arts and Ways of Life’: George Washington and the Civilization of Native Americans.”  Ph.D. diss., George Mason University.  273 pp.

Harris, Andrew J.  2013.  “‘Trickling On Down to Where it Came from’: Narrative and Church Community in One Appalachian County.”  Ph.D. diss., Regent University.  310 pp.  “Limiting itself to diverse church communities in one county of the North Carolina mountains, the current study uses narrative methodologies to explore and interpret the values of Appalachian church communities in their own words.”

Henshaw, Marc Nicholas.  2014.  “Hog Chains and Mark Twains: A Study of Labor History, Archaeology, and Industrial Ethnography of the Steamboat Era of the Monongahela Valley 1811-1950.”  Ph.D. diss., Michigan Technological University.  316 pp.

Herath Bandara, Saman Janaranjana.  2012.  “An Empirical Analysis of Health Implications and Costs of Obesity in Appalachia.”  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  128 pp.

Herdman, Catherine N.  2014.  “Appalshop Genesis: Appalachians Speaking for Themselves in the 1970s and 80s.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  219 pp.  “Appalshop, a multi-media and arts organization in Whitesburg, Kentucky emerged in 1969 at the crossroads of several different developments. It started as a War on Poverty program and its history exhibits the contradictory ideologies that fueled that effort and the political changes that forestalled it.”

Hill, Todd E.  2015.  “Justification and Sanctification in the Southern Baptist Church in West Virginia; Implications in Worship and Practice of Faith.”  D.Min. diss., Liberty University.  171 pp.

Hlinka, Karen Ramey.  2012.  “Community College Student Persistence: Understanding Students’ Decisions about College Transfer in Southeastern Kentucky.”  Ed.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  309 pp.

Jacoby, Lindsay Dunne.  2014.  “Defining Places: Literary Nonfiction and the National Park Movement, 1864-Present.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, College Park.  345 pp.  Four case studies: Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, Everglades, and Voyageurs.

Jeffers, Joshua Jack.  2014.  “Native Spaces, Settler Colonial Landscapes, and the Culture of Manifest Destiny: Conceptual Geographies and the Transformation of Ohio Country, 1701-1850.” Ph.D. diss., Purdue University.  365 pp.

Johnson, Danielle N.  2013.  “‘I’m Glad I Gave all My Heart’: The Fiction of Lee Smith.”  Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  191 pp.

Johnson, Deborah A.  2014.  “New Energy Landscapes of Pennsylvania: Forests to Farms to Fracking.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Cincinnati.  268 pp.

Kanke, Jennifer Schomburg.  2015.  “Traitor, Traitor.”  Ph.D. diss., Florida State University.  59 pp.   “...a collection of poetry combining Celtic selkie myths with the Caribbean Nanny figure to construct a narrative about a widower living in the foothills of the Appalachians during the mid-20 th Century .... also seeks to explore issues of gender and socio-economic class to become a mystical poetry of witness.”


Karlsberg, Jesse P.  2015.  “Folklore’s Filter: Race, Place, and Sacred Harp Singing.”  Ph.D. diss., Emory University.  313 pp.

Keith, Leah.  2012.  “‘They are here to stay’: How Rural Northeast Alabama Public Elementary Schools Create an Environment Inclusive of Hispanic Students: A Qualitative Multiple Case Study.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Alabama.  252 pp.  “…during the 2000-2001 school year, there were 9,541 Hispanic students enrolled in Alabama public schools.... By the 2010-2011 school year, that number had expanded to 33,260 Hispanic students...a 349 percent increase.”

Keopuhiwa, Thomas N.  2012.  “Under the Surface: An Examination of Voice, Space, and Identity in West Virginia University McNair Scholars.”  Ed.D. diss., West Virginia University.  147 pp.  “...as a member of an underrepresented minority.”

Kirk, Luther R.  1996.  “Looking Back in Time--Staring into History: An Autobiographical Sketch of an Elementary School Teacher from Appalachia.”  Ph.D. diss., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  396 pp.

Klein, Vanessa Ann.  2015.  “The Nature of Nature: Space, Place, and Identity on the Appalachian Trail.”  Ph.D. diss., Kent State University.  325 pp.  Data  collected from 18 Appalachian Trail thru-hikers.

Knight, Syndee G.  2014.  “From Here to Somewhere: Appalachian Migration and Social Mobility.”  Ph.D. diss., Indiana University.  263 pp.   “...the economic and political context of the 1960’s created ethnic antagonism and white Appalachian migrants bore the brunt of an angry and fearful public .... white Appalachians were perceived as threatening by both blacks and other whites. They were often willing to work for wages as low as blacks thus undermining the competitive advantage blacks might otherwise gain.”

Kotsonis, Amy.  2014.  “Appalachian Folksongs in the Choral Setting: Regional History, Traditional Performance Practice, and Guidelines for Arranging and Performance.”  Ph.D. diss., Florida State University.  260 pp.  Folksongs collected by Olive Dame Campbell, Cecil Sharp, Maud Karpeles, Robert Winslow Gordon, John Lomax, Alan Lomax, and Jean Thomas.

Krishnapillai, Sooriyakumar.  2012.  “Three Essays on the Impact of Automobile Production on Alabama’s Economy” [1970-2007].  Ph.D. diss., Auburn University.  96 pp.

LaGrotteria, Angela J.  2012.  “Engendering Regions in Contemporary Novels of Appalachia and the U.S. Southwest.”  Ph.D. diss., Emory University.  189 pp.  Explores “women protagonists created by Ann Pancake, Toni Morrison, Ana Castillo, Joan Didion, Ann Patchett, and Barbara Kingsolver.”

Le Bourhis, Rachal Marie.  2012.  “Independent Mountaineers: Tracing a Path of Individualism in Selected Appalachian Literature, Film, and Popular Culture Since 1950.”  Ph.D. diss., Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  148 pp.  “...mainly prose selections by such Appalachian authors as Harriette Simpson Arnow, Lee Smith, and Gurney Norman. Poetry written by authors such as Jim Wayne Miller and Frank X Walker are included along with a few documentary films. In addition, I open up the category of independent mountaineer to minority writers of Appalachia such as Crystal Wilkinson and Jeff Mann.”

Lee, Hyun Wu.  2014.  “British Troops, Colonists, Indians, and Slaves in Southeastern North America, 1756-1763.”  Ph.D. diss., Texas A&M University.  226 pp.

Lewis, Courtney.  2012.  “The Business of Being Cherokee: An Examination of the Transformative Power and Vision of Small Businesses on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.”  Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  306 pp.

Lile, Joanna Pollard.  2012.  “‘At our very door’: Families, Home Life, and Reform in the Southern Baptist Convention, 1880-1930.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  263 pp.   Including the founding of mountain mission schools.

Linscott, Jamie A.  2014.  “Appalachian Cultural Resilience: Implications for Helping Professionals” [W. Va.].  Ph.D. diss., Ohio University.  428 pp.

Marietta, Sky Harmony.  2012.  “Language, Literacy, and Place: Investigating Environment and Outcomes in Rural Appalachia” [Ky.].  Ed.D. diss., Harvard University.  131 pp.  Children “appear to represent a new profile of low-income student: a group with a strong starting point in literacy at the end of kindergarten without the benefit of shared book reading. Implications for instruction, particularly in rural settings, are considered.”

Massie-Legg, Alicia.  2014.  “Zilphia Horton, a Voice for Change.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  394 pp.  “...examines the role of Zilphia Horton (1910-1956) in helping to establish the use of music as a powerful tool to unify and train groups involved in social reform at seminars led by Highlander Folk School....particularly the use of music for social reform during the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s.”

McCann, Brandy Renee.  2010.  “Intimacy and Family among Single, Working-Class Women: A Focus on Rural Appalachia.”  Ph.D. diss., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  163 pp.  “I interviewed single, midlife White women from a community in West Virginia (N=11) to investigate (a) their experiences with family life and (b) their expectations for romantic relationships in later life.”

McGeary, Bryan James.  2012.  “‘Houses, Hot Dogs, and Hoods’: Place Branding and the Reconstruction of Identity in Rick Sebak’s Pittsburgh Documentaries.”  Ph.D. diss., Bowling Green State University.  213 pp.

McKinney, J. M.  2011.  “Air Pollution, Politics, and Environmental Reform in Birmingham, Alabama 1940-1971.”  Ph.D. diss., Rice University.  311 pp.

McLaughlin, Corie Lynn.  2012.  “The Roots of the First Women’s Petition Movement in North America: Why Northern Women Became Involved in the Plight of the Cherokee.”  Ph.D. diss., St. John’s University (New York).  166 pp.

McQuaid, Goldie Ann.  2012.  “Variation at the Morphology-Phonology Interface in Appalachian English.”  Ph.D. diss., Georgetown University.  336 pp.  Southwestern Va., and eastern Tenn. speakers.

Mercado Thornton, Rebecca.  2012.  “Constituting Women’s Experiences in Appalachian Ohio: A Life History Project.”  Ph.D. diss., Ohio University.  313 pp.  “Their interview discourses...provided me with rich accounts of lives lived in a space that has been historically, economically, socially, and politically encroached upon by the now diminished coal mining industry in the region.”

Merner, Laura.  2014.  “Power and Knowledge: Flood Hazard in the Coalfields of Southern West Virginia.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  335 pp.

Mettille, Shayla Damron.  2015.  “The Use of Contrastive Analysis in Code-Switching from Appalachian English Dialect to Standard English Dialect.”  Ed.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  222 pp.

Moore, Michael DeWayne.  2015.  “Intercultural Disruption in Rural Appalachia.”  Ed.D. diss., Northeastern University.  133 pp.  Outsider study of Appalachian culture?  “Two rural Appalachian men were interviewed.”

Morris, Jerry R.  2015.  “Comparative Study of Compliance among Patients Attending an Opiate Outpatient Treatment Center in Rural Appalachia” [Ky., W. Va., Oh.].  Ph.D. diss., Walden University.  117 pp.  “...type of treatment did not significantly impact compliance in the tristate area of Appalachia as measured by clean UDSs or kept pill count.”

Morris, Caroline C.  2012.  “The ‘Voice of Virginia’: WRVA and Conversations of a Modern South.”  Ph.D. diss., College of William and Mary.  379 pp.

Morris, Jerimiah F.  2013.  “Microentrepreneur Identity in Appalachian Ohio: Enterprising Individuals with a Regional Flavor.”  Ph.D. diss., Ohio University.  191 pp.

Mullinax, Maureen.  2012.  “It’s About Being a Resident of a Place: A Case Study of Practicing Civic Engagement through Community-Based Art and Oral History in Harlan County, Kentucky.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  147 pp.

Nettleton, Kimberely Fletcher.  2012.  “Instructional Technology in Appalachian Kentucky 1929-2011: Countering the Pervasive Narrative of Innovation Diffusion.”  Ed.D., diss., University of Kentucky.  252 pp.

Nix, Kelly.  2011.  “Community Leadership Motivation: Factors that Influence Individuals Holding Leadership Roles in West Virginia Communities.”  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  235 pp.

Perdue, Robert Todd.  2013.  “Networks of Resistance: Opposition to Strip Coal Mining in Central Appalachia, 1977-2012.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Florida.  241 pp.

Perryman, Charles W.  2013.  “Africa, Appalachia, and Acculturation: The History of Bluegrass Music.”  D.M.A. diss., West Virginia University.  106 pp.

Phillips, Erin.  2012.  “Social Contexts of Production and Use of Pottery Engraved in the Hemphill Style at Moundville” [AD 1325-1450].  Ph.D. diss., University of Alabama.  439 pp.

Powell, Kathleen H.  2013.  “In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: Neighborhood Relations in a College Town.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, Baltimore.  444 pp.  “Five major themes: (1) life in a ‘company town;’ (2) historical context; (3) ‘hosts’ and ‘guests;’ (4) alcohol and other drugs; and (5) studentification.

Preston, Nancy Coldiron.  2011.  “Appalachian Bridges to the Baccalaureate: The Influence of Multiple Roles and Cultural Norms on the Baccalaureate Persistence of Location-Bound Appalachian Women.”  Ed.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  196 pp.

Ragan, Angela Duncan.  2014.  “A World War II Eagle Tail Dance: Oral Histories of Eastern Band Cherokee Veterans.”  Ph.D. diss., Emory University.  170 pp.

Raskin, Sarah E.  2015.  “Decayed, Missing, and Filled: Subjectivity and the Dental Safety Net in Central Appalachia.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Arizona.  237 pp.  “What can an ethnography of the dental safety net – a complex, fragile, and unpredictable network of treatment opportunities for low-income families – tell us about health governance more broadly?”

Ray, Jonathan.  2014.  “Andrew Jackson and the Indians, 1767-1815.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Alabama.  283 pp.

Reece, Cortez Donald.  1955.  “A Study of Selected Folksongs Collected mainly in Southern West Virginia.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Southern California.  1083 pp.

Richards, Kasie.  2012.  “As the Crow Flies: An Underrepresentation of Food Deserts in the Rural Appalachian Mountains.”  Dr.P.H. diss., East Tennessee State University.  99 pp.

Rock, Amy E.  2013.  “Economic Disparity in Appalachia: An Examination of Accessibility and Policy Factors” [County Economic Status metric].  Ph.D. diss., Kent State University.  266 pp.

Roller, Michael.  2015.  “Migration, Modernity and Memory: The Archaeology of the Twentieth Century in a Northeast Pennsylvania Coal Company Town, 1897-2014.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, College Park.  525 pp.  “The Lattimer Massacre occurred in September of 1897 in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. It has been described as the bloodiest massacre of the nineteenth century.”

Rose, Lindsey M.  2012.  “Organizing for Social Change: Grassroots Efforts to Reduce Food Insecurity.”  Ph.D. diss., Ohio University.  239 pp.

Rouse, Viki Dasher.  2012.  “Wilma Dykeman: Wellspring of Ecofeminism in the Appalachian South.  Ph.D. diss., Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  193 pp.
Rudibaugh, Lindsey Mica.  2015.  “Helping the Way Wne are Needed: Ethnography of an Appalachian Work College.”  Ph.D. diss., Prescott College.  208 pp.  Alice Lloyd College, Knott County, Kentucky.

Salmons, Cynthia Sprouse.  2012.  “‘Strength to do what we can’: Sacrifice and Empowerment in Appalachian Women’s Literature.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  190 pp.

Sampson, Jason William.  2013.  “Mining Manhood: Gender, Coal Mining, and the Massillon War” [Stark Co., Oh.].  Ph.D. diss., University of California, Riverside.  231 pp.

Scriptunas, Melanie Kay.  2014.  “The Evolution of Appalachian Literature, 1870-1900.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Delaware.  219 pp.  “If writers for national periodicals like Harper’s New Monthly Magazine and the Atlantic Monthly emphasized Appalachian otherness, dichotomizing ‘civilized,’ metropolitan readers and their ‘backward,’ mountain counterparts, they often did so with an aim toward underscoring the essentially American characteristics that belie regional distinction .... Ultimately, this dissertation calls for a new paradigm for Appalachian literary studies—one that views regional representation in light of the social and industrial forces with which it corresponded.”

Seal, Kathleen D.  2014.  “Value, Meaning and Therapeutic Notions of the Appalachian Trail.” Ph.D. diss., Texas State University - San Marcos.  224 pp.  “People who hike the entire 2,180-mile trail in one continuous hike (i.e. ‘thru-hikers’) describe the trail through emotional, cultural, social and spiritual characteristics of their personal experience.”

Sirna, Angela R.  2015.  “Recreating Appalachia: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, 1922-1972.”  Ph.D. diss., Middle Tennessee State University.  369 pp.

Slocum, Audra J.  2012.  “Exploring Community through Literature and Life: Adolescents Identity Positioning in Rural Appalachia. Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University.  226 pp.

Snodgrass, Harry E.  2014.  “Social Networking and Entrepreneurial Success in Central Appalachia: A Multiple-Case Study.”  Ph.D. diss., Northcentral University.  258 pp.

Sodano, Keara.  2013.  “Early Environmental Adult Education: An Oral History of Citizen Researchers’ Learning in the Appalachian Land Ownership Study, 1979-1981.”  Ph.D. diss., Florida Atlantic University.  281 pp.  “...a participatory action research project in one of our nation’s poorest regions suffering from absenteeism, poverty, powerlessness, and improper taxation.”

Sorrell, Michael J.  2015.  “Size Does Not Matter: Creating an Anchor Institution Model for Small Urban Colleges.”  Ed.D. diss., University of Pennsylvania.  239 pp.  Work College model, Berea College, Ky.

Speed, Jesica Eileen.  2012.  “Working Artists.”  Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  311 pp.  Penland School of Crafts in Mitchell County, North Carolina.

Stapel, Christopher J.  2012.  “School, Family, and Faith: Social Influences on Educational Outcomes of Nonmetropolitan Sexual Minority Students” [Ky.; LGBTQ studies].  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  153 pp.

Stephens, Heather Marie.   2012.  “Three Essays in Regional Economics.”  Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University.  152 pp.  Appalachia and the Great Lakes Region.

Sugg, Stephen Truman.  2015.  “Place-Based Education in a Rural Appalachian Elementary School: A Program Evaluation” [Crellin Elementary, Garrett Co., Md.].  Ed.D. diss., College of William and Mary.  153 pp.

Super, Joseph F.  2014.  “The Rail and the Cross in West Virginia Timber Country: Rethinking Religion in the Appalachian Mountains.”  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  417 pp.  1880-1920; railroads; Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterians.

Taylor, Kathryn Trauth.  2014.  “Attuned Advocacy: Rhetorics of Engagement in Urban Appalachia.”  Ph.D. diss., Purdue University.  202 pp.  Urban Appalachian Council; Cincinnati.

Terman, Anna Rachel.  2014.  “Hillbilly Women, Affrilachians, and Queer Mountaineers: Belonging and Mobility among Young Adults in Rural Communities” [W. Va.].  Ph.D. diss., Pennsylvania State University.  265 pp.   “I conducted seven focus groups with a total of 65 current college students...among three universities in West Virginia and 27 individual interviews with college graduates under age 40 living in the state.”

Teutsch, John Matthew.  2014.  “‘We Wish to Plead Our Own Cause’: Rhetorical Links between Native Americans and African Americans during the 1820s and 1830s.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  270 pp.

Thacker, Carlye Burchett.  2011.  “‘The mountains shall yield peace for the people and the hills justice’: The Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Powerlessness ‘This Land is Home to Me,’ 1950-1980.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  389 pp.

Thompson, Andrew Robert Hurst.  2013.  “All My Holy Mountain: A Christian Ethical Approach to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining.”  Ph.D. diss., Yale University.  216 pp.

Turley, Alicestyne.  2009.  “Spirited Away: Black Evangelicals and the Gospel of Freedom, 1790-1890.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  275 ppn.  “...acknowledges the central role Kentucky played in providing two of the three acknowledged and well-documented national Underground Railroad escape corridors which successfully ran through eastern Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains and within the core of the state’s Western and Central Bluegrass Regions.”

Turman, Jinny A.  2013.  “Appalachian Alter-Natives: The Back-to-the-Land Migration and Community Change in Appalachia, 1970–2000.”  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  369 pp.

Van Horn, Susannah L.  2012.  “Thomas E. Wolfe: Valuing the Life and Work of an Appalachian Regionalist Artist within His Community.”  Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University.  337 pp.

Vance, Curtis L.  2013.  “David Morris: An Ethnographic Case Study of an Appalachian Cultural Artist, Producer, Educator and Activist.”  Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University.  127 pp.

Walker, Anne W.  2013.  “Three Essays on Economic Growth and Natural Resources” [coal resource abundance].  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  74 pp.

Waters, Darin J.  2012.  “Life Beneath the Veneer: The Black Community in Asheville, North Carolina from 1793 to 1900.”  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  251 pp.

Weekley, Brandi Slider.  2015.  “Appalachian Adolescents’ Identity and Agency: An Ethnographic Exploration of How Local Culture and Social Class Matter in the Postsecondary Transition.”  Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  393 pp.  West Virginia; two high schools; six seniors.

Welch, Andrea D.  2013.  “Difference Does Not Mean Deficient: The Cultural and Higher Education Experiences of Appalachian Women.”  Ph.D. diss., Indiana State University.  213 pp.

Wilkerson, Jessica.  2014.  “Where Movements Meet: From the War on Poverty to Grassroots Feminism in the Appalachian South.”  Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  337 pp.

Williams, Corey.  2013.  “Leisure Involvement and Centrality: Insights from Hikers on the Appalachian Trail.”  Ph.D. diss., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  255 pp.

Wishart, William Ryan.  2014.  “Underdeveloping Appalachia: Toward an Environmental Sociology of Extractive Economies.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Oregon.  225 pp.

Witt, Joseph Dylan.  2011.  “The Faith to Save Mountains: Religion and Resistance to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in Appalachia” [W. Va., Ky., Tenn., Va.].  Ph.D. diss., University of Florida.  339 pp.

Wood, Michael Alan.  2012.  “The Hammered Dulcimer in the Southern Appalachian Old Time String Band Music of North Carolina, Southwest Virginia, and West Virginia.”  D.M.A. diss., University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  99 pp.

Workman, Eric R.  2012.  “Historical Study of Burke’s Garden High School: 1915 to 1960” [Tazewell Co., Va.].  Ed.D. diss., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  119 pp.

Wright, Christina Jo.  2010.  “Why Do They Go? Community College Students and Post-Secondary Pursuits in Central Appalachia.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Kentucky.  202 pp.  “I interviewed students, faculty and administrators at Southeast Community and Technical College in Harlan County, Kentucky.”

Wright, Alice P.  2014.  “Inscribing Interaction: Middle Woodland Monumentality in the Appalachian Summit, 100 BC–AD 400.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Michigan.  418 pp.  Hunter-gatherer-gardeners in western North Carolina.

Young, Virginia C.  2013.  “‘We do the same work as the men did’: The Development of Working-Class Feminism in the Glass and Pottery Industries of West Virginia, 1930-1970.”   Ph.D. diss., West Virginia University.  252 pp.

Zeddy, Amanda Gail.  2015.  “Rethinking Rural Spaces: Lived Experiences of Politics and Political Information in Appalachia” [N.C.].  Ph.D. diss., University of California, Santa Barbara.  126 pp.  “...how Appalachian communities along with gender, race, sexuality, and class identities affects how political information is understood.”