Susan M. Abram received her Ph.D. from Auburn University in 2009 where she majored in Early American History with minor fields in Modern World History (colonization/decolonization) and Modern American History. Her breadth field is in Anthropology. Abram's forthcoming book is The Forging of a Cherokee-American Alliance in the Creek War: From its Creation to its Betrayal by the University of Alabama Press.
Abram has presented papers at numerous conferences and public history venues, including the National Trail of Tears Association, American Society for Ethnohistory, Southern Historical Association, and Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. She participated in the Tennessee Bicentennial Commission's 2nd Symposium on the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 in 2013. Her research interests focus on the Early Republic and Old South, public and environmental history, and Southeastern Indian studies.
Abram has contributed a chapter, "The Cherokees in the Creek War," in The Creek War and The War of 1812 in Alabama, ed. Kathryn H. Braund, by the University of Alabama Press. In addition, "The Cherokee Beloved Occupation: Warfare, Gender, and Community," appears in New Men: Essays on Manliness in Early America, ed. Thomas A. Foster, by New York University Press. Her article "Cherokee Alliance with the United States in the Creek War, 1813-1814" won the Walter Durham Award for the best article in 2012 in the War of 1812 Bicentennial Issue of Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Abram, the current secretary of the North Carolina Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, is the chair/organizer of the 175th Year since the Trail of Tears Commemorative Symposium and Trail Pilgrimage to be held in November in Cherokee, NC.
Abram has received multiple awards, including a Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Web Course Design in 2012 at Southwestern Community College. In addition to the Walter Durham Award for Best Article of 2012 in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, she also won the Marguerite Scharnagel Dissertation Writing Fellowship, served as an Article Referee for The Alabama Review, and worked for the online Encyclopedia of Alabama, where she authored several entries.
Classes Taught at WCU:
North Carolina History (341-online)
Cherokee History (445/545)
Native American Civilizations: An Introduction to Native American History (175)
Turning Points in American History: Paths Taken and Paths Rejected (141 & online)
Turning Points in European History: Paths Taken and Paths Rejected (151)
American Lives: Dreamers, Lunatics, and Ordinary People (142)