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Karin L. Zipf 

Associate Professor of History

Ph.D., University of Georgia

Phone: 252-328-1024

Office: Brewster A-219

Fax: 252-328-6774




Dr. Karin Zipf's North Carolina roots run deep. Born in Durham and raised in Rocky Mount, she developed a fascination for southern history. As a college student, she attended and graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. After six years pursuing her masters and doctoral degrees in history at the University of Georgia, Zipf returned to North Carolina to teach at North Carolina Wesleyan College. From 2000-01 she served on the faculty at Appalachian State University in Boone. In August 2001, she joined the East Carolina University History Department in Greenville.


As her life and career have progressed, Dr. Zipf has reaffirmed her deep and abiding intellectual interest in the history of the United States, the American South, and the Atlantic World. Her interests lie in the study of law, politics, and gender and race relations. Her book, Labor of Innocents: Forced Apprenticeship in North Carolina, 1715-1919 appeared in 2005. The book examines the social and legal impact of apprenticeship on historical constructions of the family and patriarchal relations. Her articles on gender, race, women, apprenticeship, and Reconstruction have appeared in the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of Women's History, the North Carolina Historical Review, and the Georgia Historical Quarterly. Her latest book project, Bad Girls at Samarcand: Juvenile Delinquency and a Capital Offense in the Age of Eugenics, examines North Carolina's institutionalization and sterilization of juveniles in the Depression-era South.


Recent Publications:

Labor of Innocents: Forced Apprenticeship in North Carolina, 1715-1919 (LSU Press, 2005).

"In Defense of the Nation: Syphilis, North Carolina's "Girl Problem," and World War I." North Carolina Historical Review. 89 (July 2012) 3: 276-300.

Digital Humanities Project:

"Politics of a Massacre: Discovering Wilmington, 1898."

Courses Offered:

HIST 1050: American History to 1877

HIST 3140: Women in American History

HIST 3000: History: Its Nature and Method

HIST 5220: Gender and the Atlantic World

HIST 5141: The U.S. South Since 1877

HIST 6155: Gender and the Cold War

WOST 4000: Senior Seminar in Women’s Studies