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Emily Satterwhite

Associate Professor
  • Director of Appalachian Studies
  • Department of Religion and Culture
  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences


Dr. Satterwhite is Director of Appalachian Studies and the Pathways minor in Appalachian Cultures and Environments.


Dr. Satterwhite is trained in the humanities and much of her work focuses on the politics of culture, including the ways in which Americans have imagined Appalachia. Since 2012, her scholarship has expanded to include interdisciplinary research that incorporates the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences in the service of addressing human and ecological well-being in Appalachia. Working with other faculty in VT’s Global Systems Science destination area, she co-taught Appalachian Community Research courses on the topics of “Addressing Community Health Concerns near the Radford Army Ammunition Plant” and “Substance Misuse: Recovery to Work Needs and Opportunities in the New River Valley.” Her awards include the Appalachian Studies Association’s Weatherford Award for best non-fiction book (2011), Phi Beta Kappa’s Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence in Research, and the Diggs Teaching Scholar Award (2018).