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Torren L. Gatson

Torren Gatson is an assistant professor and Director of the graduate program in museum studies in the department of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A native of Wilmington Delaware, Gatson, completed his B.A. and M.A. from North Carolina Central University and his Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State University. Gatson is a trained public historian and a scholar of U.S., southern history, with an emphasis in nineteenth and twentieth century African American built environment. Alongside founder Dr. Tiffany Momon, Dr. Gatson Co-Directs the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive a flagship digital database centering the discourse of Black craftspeople. Dr. Gatson is actively engaged in helping museums and philanthropic organizations support the overall mission on reaching communities. in July of 2023, Gatson was nominated and conferred as a new Board of Trustees for Old Salem Museum and Gardens. Gatson also has affiliations with the Historic Magnolia House Foundation Board (local) and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Board (regional) and as a board member at the national level with the Decorative Arts Trust Board of Governors (national) and the Winterthur Portfolio Editorial Board, the leading voice in the material culture study which is published annually through the University of Chicago Press. Gatson has published through a variety of outlets on topics including teaching inclusive pedagogy in public history and African American material culture on the southern landscape.


Bio March 2024