Amanda Elledge Finn is an experienced museum administrator, historic researcher, and advocate for historic sites. She joined the NC State Public History doctoral program in 2018. Amanda grew up in western North Carolina and graduated from NC State with a BA in History and British Literature in 2009. From Raleigh, she pursued a MA in Humanities and Social Sciences from New York University (’11) and received a MA in English from Appalachian State University (’14).
In 2014, Amanda was hired to teach at Appalachian State University as an instructor in the Rhetoric and Composition program and as a consultant in the Writing Across the Curriculum program, which works with faculty across all disciplines in regard to writing instruction.
Amanda worked with the Historic Carson House from 2016 to 2018 as their executive director and served as the co-chair of the 175th Anniversary of McDowell County Committee from 2017-2018. She has advised historic sites and local government committees on the preservation and interpretation of historic sites and other cultural resources.
Teaching and Research Interests
Amanda specializes in the early modern transatlantic world, with a particular focus on Britain and America. Her long-term research goals are to examine the ways that international cultural heritage sites establish and reinforce local, national, and international identities.