Dr. Darin J. Waters is an Associate Professor of History and Director of Community Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he teaches courses in American history, North Carolina History, Appalachian History, African American and Brazilian History. He also specializes in the history of race relations in both the United States and Latin America.
Dr. Waters received his doctorate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. Dr. Waters’ research focuses on the history of African Americans in Asheville and Western North Carolina. More recently, Dr. Waters has written about issues surrounding the construction of the nation’s collective historical memory, exploring the impact that that memory has on the present. In his role as Special Assistant to the Chancellor of UNC Asheville, Dr. Waters works closely with community leaders and organizations to strengthen old and build new partnerships for and with the university. For the past three years, he has successfully organized three major conferences on the history of African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia. The conference has grown to become a major annual event for the university. Dr. Waters is also the co-host of The Waters and Harvey Show, a weekly radio program that airs on WCQS the local NPR/Public radio station in Asheville.