(205) 934-5634
Office Hours: Tu/Th 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Heritage Hall 353

Samuel D. "Yana" Davis received an MA in History from UAB in May 2012. He earned a BA in English from UAB in 1976 and was one of the first editors of Kaleidoscope in the early 1970s. Following a career in public relations, journalism, and arts radio at various NPR member stations, he returned to Birmingham in 2008 determined to pursue his longtime dream of teaching at the college level. He now works as a part-time instructor in History for UAB and for Jefferson State Community College, and is working on an expanded version of his MA thesis for possible publication by University of Alabama Press.

beth hunteremail
(205) 934-5634
Office Hours:
Tu/Th 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (online and in-person)
Location: Heritage Hall 353

Susan E. (Beth) Hunter is a Credentialed Course Instructor. A life-long Blazer, she received both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Beth has served as an adjunct professor in the undergraduate program since 2012.

Mariah Hepworthemail
(205) 934-5634
Office Hours: M 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (and by appointment)
Location: Heritage Hall 353

Teaching/research interests: History of American popular culture; U.S. foreign policy; American military history; politics of memory and representation; war and society; visual culture; gender and sexuality; Hollywood history


  • B.A., Seattle University, History
  • M.A., Northwestern University, History
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, History

Dr. Hepworth is a cultural historian of the modern U.S. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she arrived in Birmingham by way of Chicago. She specializes in turn-of-the-century America, with an emphasis on silent film and American foreign policy. Dr. Hepworth’s current manuscript, When the Bestial War Shall Rule No More': D.W. Griffith, World War I, and the Antiwar War Film, examines the critical role American cinema has played in shaping Americans' understanding of and relationship to modern war throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Recent courses taught: The U.S. to 1877; The U.S. since 1877; History of American Celebrity; Intro to Film and History

pamela sterne kingemail
(205) 996-5464
Office Hours: No summer office hours
Location: Heritage Hall 360A

Teaching/research interests: Civil Rights, Jim Crow segregation and desegregation, Birmingham and Alabama, women's work, oral history, and historic preservation/public history


  • BA, Samford University, 1975
  • MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1977
  • Post-graduate work, University of Alabama, 1977-1981; University of Pennsylvania, 1979-1980

My 30-plus year career has been on a dual track: one path in academia, and the other in historic preservation and public history. For the first 20 years I worked full-time as the first historic preservationist for the City of Birmingham and as a private consultant in the field; I also taught history as adjunct faculty at UAB and Miles College. The roles then reversed and I became full-time faculty and Director of Undergraduate Programs for the History Department, while remaining active in the fields of historic preservation and public history.

In my capacity as a preservationist for Birmingham I wrote the city's historic preservation ordinance. I took a lead role in nearly every downtown historic revitalization project from 1983-2006, as well as in many neighborhood initiatives. Through this work I became an expert in downtown Birmingham and its many historic neighborhoods, and also learned how history, preservation, and civic improvement are intricately related.

I bring this knowledge of Birmingham and its environs to my career as an academician. It informs my approach to teaching history at UAB and permits me to blend ivory-tower ideas and processes with hands-on civic knowledge. It has also taught me that academic historians have a vital role to play in the life of every community.

Recent Courses

  • Birmingham Mansions, Mines, and Jim Crow

Mansions, Mines, and Jim Crow - Pam King from UAB College of Arts and Sciences on Vimeo.

  • Caught on Camera: A Comparison of the Jim Crow South and South African Apartheid, co-taught with Dr. Robert Jefferson

Apartheid Caught on Camera: U.S. and South Africa - Jefferson and King from UAB College of Arts and Sciences on Vimeo.

  • George Wallace: Pariah or Hero
  • Women Rogues, Radicals, and Reformers
  • The Help!: America's Servant Classes (co-taught with Jordan Bauer)

Select Publications


  • The Amaranth Club of Birmingham, Alabama: Cultivating Women and Society (forthcoming, 2013).
  • Fifty Years and Counting: A History of Operation New Birmingham (1957-2007) (Operation New Birmingham, 2008).


Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships

  • Alabama Historical Association (AHA)
  • Birmingham Historical Society (BHS)
  • National Council of Public History (NCPH)
  • Association for the Study of African America Life and History (ASALAH)

Student Groups

kaye nailemail
(205) 934-5634
Office Hours
: Tu/Th 10:00 am - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Heritage Hall 353

Kaye Cochran Nail received her History BA and MA from UAB, graduating with academic distinction. Her research interests include Birmingham Jewish women, peace movements, conscientious objectors, Southern social reform, and the 1970s in America. As a credentialed course instructor, she teaches survey classes on US History, World History, and Western Civilization.

chris perryemail
(205) 934-5634
Office Hours: M/W 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Heritage Hall 353

Chris Perry earned his BA and MA in History at UAB, graduating with academic honors. His studies are concentrated on the “two Republics” the Roman Republic and the Early American Republic. He has also studied the history of religion and, most recently, has written several articles on 20th century American politics. Chris previously served as a Police Sergeant and instructed classes on Pressure Point Control Tactics, the tactical use of the expandable baton, and Sexual Harassment and Assault Rape Prevention for women. Prior to his MA he had semi-retired to care for his two children. In his spare time, Chris has documented his journey as an ex-cop, full-time dad, and history geek in his blog The Uber Dad Chronicles.

linda smithemail
(205) 934-5634
Office Hours: M/W 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (and by appointment)
Location: Heritage Hall 353

Linda H. Smith received her Masters degree in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995, and has been teaching in the history department since 1996. She teaches both American history and Western Civilization survey courses.