David Dry joined NCSSM in July 2023 as an Instructor of American Studies and Humanities on our Morganton campus. Although originally hailing from Orlando, Florida, David has called North Carolina home since 2011. Prior to joining NCSSM, David worked as a full-time history instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and during the 2016-2017 academic year, he taught abroad in Kyrgyzstan as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar. David’s scholarly interests include 19th- and 20th-century Native American history. David is a proud citizen of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, and his doctoral research examined Ottawa political traditions of using U.S. citizenship to oppose federal authority over tribal affairs. David’s other academic interests include oral history, public history, digital humanities, and the history of Western North Carolina. David earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history at the University of Florida; his master’s of education technology at Ottawa University; and his doctorate in history at UNC-Chapel Hill. Outside the classroom, he enjoys exploring new places with his wife and two daughters.
BA, History, University of Florida
MA, History, University of Florida
MA, Education Technology, Ottawa University
PhD, History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill