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Melanie Beals Goan

Research Interests:
20th century US history
Appalachian history
Office Hours

Fall 2023: Tuesdays, 11:00-12:00 and 2:00-3:00; Thursdays, 11:00 to 12:00.  And always, happy to make an appointment!


Professor Goan is a specialist in twentieth century US history, with specific interests in gender, Appalachia/Kentucky, and medical history.  Her first book  Mary Breckinridge: The Frontier Nursing Service and Rural Health in Appalachia (University of North Carolina Press), was published in 2008.  The University Press of Kentucky published her second book, A Simple Justice: Kentucky Women Fight for the Vote, in 2020.  


Dr. Goan focuses primarily on undergraduate teaching.  She is Director of Undergraduate Studies for the History Department and works to promote career readiness and coordinate internships. 

Follow her on Twitter (@melaniegoan) to see what she is reading.  Check out her Spotify soundtrack for History 109 here.  Click here to see a list of her favorite books on Kentucky history.