Jinny Turman


Associate Professor of History

Courses Taught

  • U.S. Colonial to 1865
  • U.S. 1865-Present
  • Introduction to Public History
  • Community History and Preservation
  • Museums and Archives
  • Public History Internships
  • Oral History

Research Interests

Dr. Turman’s research interests include modern U.S. history, Appalachian, environmental, and community/local history. As a public historian, she is also interested in using oral history, material culture, and the built environment to enhance understanding of the past.

Professional Interests

Her professional interests center broadly on facilitating the public’s understanding of, and engagement with, history. Dr. Turman enjoys collaborating with organizations that employ history as a tool for promoting community building, economic revitalization, civic engagement, social justice, and environmental care. She is a member of the National Council on Public History, American Association of State and Local History, Society of Appalachian Historians, and Appalachian Studies Association.


Nebraska Arts Council Mini-Grant for “A Night at the Opera,” an evening of living history at the Buffalo County Historical Society’s Trails and Rails Museum, Fall 2018.

Gene Hamaker Scholarship Award, UNK History Department. April 26, 2017.

NEH Common Heritage Grant. “Platte Valley Family History Project.” Principal Investigator. Unfunded.

Michael Schuyler Teaching Award, UNK History Department. April 27, 2016.

Fellow, Nebraska Center for Great Plains Studies. December 7, 2015 – present.

Philip Holmgren Service Award, UNK History Department. April 29, 2015.

Humanities Nebraska Mini-Grant for “Caring for Our Collection: Protecting and Promoting Archival Resources at Trails and Rails Museum,” Spring 2015.

Gene Hamaker Memorial Endowed Scholarship, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Summer 2014.

University of Nebraska at Kearney Research Services Council Grant, Summer 2014.

West Virginia Humanities Council Mini-Grant for “Common Threads” fiber expo and “Weaving Legacies” exhibit at Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. 2013.

West Virginia University Department of History Research Fellowship, 2012.

West Virginia University Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Fellow, 2011.

West Virginia University Department of History Research Fellowship, 2011.

William D. Barns Graduate Student Award, West Virginia University, 2011.

Arlen G. and Louise Stone Swiger Doctoral Fellow at West Virginia University, 2007-2010.

North Carolina Arts Council Folklife Documentary Grant for “Have a Little Faith: An Exploration of Religious Traditions in Alexander County” at the Hiddenite Center, 2006.

Co-author, North Carolina Arts Council Folklife Documentary Grant for the Barn Quilt Project, Madison County Arts Council, 2005.


“ ‘To Strike a Fair Balance’: The Peacemaker Community Land Trust in West Virginia, 1970-1980.” West Virginia History 11, no. 1 (Spring 2017).

“The Catholic Workers and ‘Green’ Civic Republicanism in Lincoln County, West Virginia, 1969-1979.” Journal of Moral Theology 6, Special Issue 1 (2017): 94-113.

“Green Civic Republicanism and Environmental Action Against Surface Mining in Lincoln County, West Virginia, 1974-1990.” Journal of Southern History 82, no. 4 (November 2016): 855-900.

“‘We Were an Oddity’: A Look at the Back-to-the-Land Movement in Appalachia.” West Virginia History 4, no.1 (Spring 2010): 1-32.

“Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going? A History of the Appalachian Studies Association.” Co-authored with Logan Brown, Theresa Burchett-Anderson, Donavan Cain, and Howard Dorgan. Appalachian Journal 31, no. 1 (2003): 30-92.

Ph.D., History. West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. 2013. (Fields: Modern U.S., Appalachian, Public, and World History)
Master of Arts, Appalachian Studies. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. 2001.
Bachelor of Art and Design, Fiber and Surface Design. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. 1998.
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