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Dr. Alena Pirok

Associate Professor of History (2017).

B.A., Southern Illinois University, 2011; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2013, 2017.

Teaching and Research Interests: Public History, Historical Memory, 20th century U.S. History, Museum History, Ghost lore, and Prison History.

Upper-Level Courses:

  • HIST 2500: Explorations in History, Haunted Histories
  • HIST 3231: Introduction to Public History
  • HIST 3770: US 1917-1945
  • HIST 3760: US 1877-1917
  • HIST 3990: Field Work in History in Wexford, Ireland.

Graduate Courses: 

  • HIST 5210G: Urban Public History
  • HIST 7031: Readings in US History: History Wars
  • HIST 7638: Introduction to Public History


Contact Information:

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: IAB 3096

Fax: 912-478-0377

Selected Publications: 

  • “George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument Summer 2013 Archaeological Record Reassessment,” National Park Service, GEWA, Westmoreland County, Virginia, Fall 2014. Co-authored with Philip Levy and Amy Muraca.

Professional Activities, Honor, and Awards:

  • Environmental Sustainability Committee, 2018-  National Council on Public History.
  • Co-Chair, Labor Task Force, National Council on Public History, 2023-Present

Current Research:

    • Book Manuscripts:
      • Cell Block Revival: The Politics of US Prison Museums. A monograph.
    • Digital Projects:
      • “The Old Dominion’s Ghosts.” A curated Story Map of place based-historical ghost lore, as well as regularly scheduled events and tours in Virginia.
      • @Remnantology, Twitter (2013-)  Co-created with Phil Levy; Instagram (2017-)  Curated images of the past emerging in the present day.

Last updated: 4/26/2024