Dr. Mike Wakeford

Fellow, Higher Education Design Studio

Interim Executive Director, New Winston Museum

Associate Professor of History, UNCSA


Ph.D. in History University of Chicago

M.A. History Indiana University at Bloomington

B.A. History University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Career Highlights

  • Co-Curator and Project Coordinator, This School, This City: Celebrating 50 Years of UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem
  • Dissertation: “The Aesthetic Republic: Art, Education, and Social Imagination in the United States, 1900-1960” (University of Chicago, 2014)
  • “Nonprofessional Education—In Pursuit of a ‘Broad Understanding of Architectural Values,’” in Joan Ockman and Rebecca Williamson, eds. Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (Boston, MA: MIT Press, 2012).
  • “A Short Look at a Long Past,” in Nick Rabkin and Robin Redmond, eds., Putting the Arts In the Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century (Chicago Center for Arts Policy, 2004)


  • Society for United States Intellectual History
  • Trustee, New Winston Museum
  • Member, Board of Directors, Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem