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  • Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Appalachian Center
  • Health, Society and Populations
  • History
1741 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-3675
2022 vita.pdf (302.58 KB)
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Melanie Beals Goan

Office Hours

Spring 2023: Mondays, 5:00-6:00 p.m. by Zoom (, Thursdays, noon to 1:30 and 3:00 to 3:30 (in person), and happily by appointment.


Professor Goan is a specialist in twentieth century US history, with specific interests in gender, Appalachia/Kentucky, and medical history.  Her first book  Mary Breckinridge: The Frontier Nursing Service and Rural Health in Appalachia (University of North Carolina Press), was published in 2008.  The University Press of Kentucky published her second book, A Simple Justice: Kentucky Women Fight for the Vote, in November 2020.  


Dr. Goan focuses primarily on undergraduate teaching.  She is Director of Undergraduate Studies for the History Department and works to promote career readiness and coordinate internships. 

Follow her on Twitter (@melaniegoan) to see what she is reading.  Check out her Spotify soundtrack for History 109 here.  Click here to see a list of her favorite books on Kentucky history.