As a nonacademic I’m unsure how to frame this question, but let me bumble ahead: Who these days is studying North Carolina as North Carolina?
Of the 23 U.S. History faculty at UNC Chapel Hill only Harry Watson and James Leloudis include North Carolina as a special interest apart from broader topics such as the South, civil rights and the Civil War.
Are there contemporary historians who still see the study of North Carolina as a calling in itself? Or have Bill Powell and H. G. Jones retired that trophy?
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I think Dr. Alan Watson at UNC-Wilmington would fall into the same category as Bill Powell and H.G. Jones. He was certainly one of my mentors.