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Photo of Florence Dore, taken by Sarah Boyd


1999, PhD English, University of California at Berkeley

1987, BA English, Wesleyan University


Florence Dore teaches in both the Creative Writing and Literature Programs at Carolina. She earned her doctorate at UC Berkeley in 1999 and, after stints at New York University’s Draper Program and Kent State University, finally found her permanent home as a member the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill in 2010. Several books and articles—both academic and public-facing—appear on Dore’s c.v., but she has also released three records, one of which, Highways and Rocketships, won Best Americana Album of 2022 at Lonesome Highway Magazine. She has held fellowships at New York University, the National Humanities Center, and UNC’s Institute for Arts and Humanities and has won several grants, including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dore is known for her work on the Steering Committee of the national scholarly group Post45, for whom she was founding co-editor of the Pos45 Book Series at Stanford University Press. In her work as a singer and songwriter, which she is increasingly connecting with her academic pursuits, Dore has become passionate about the Public Humanities. During the pandemic, she created and acted as co- executive producer for the community fundraiser Cover Charge: NC Musicians Go Under Cover to Benefit Cat’s Cradle, a benefit compilation record that came in #1 on the Billboard charts and raised funds for the iconic local rock venue, Cat’s Cradle. She has organized two public conferences on rock and literature, in 2017 at the National Humanities Center with the Carolina Performing Arts and in 2010 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Form these endeavors emerges Dore’s new book, The Ink in the Grooves: Conversations on Literature and Rock ‘n Roll (Cornell Univ. Press), which features essays and interviews with Richard Thompson, Dom Flemons, Lucinda Williams, and members of John Prine’s ban, among others. She sits on the advisory board for the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies at the University of Tulsa’s Bob Dylan Archive, and, most recently, has launched Ink in the Grooves Live, a Traveling Public Humanities Program that finds her performing and giving talks on vernacular music and civic belonging across the US.



  •    Invited Fellow, The National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC (2016-2017)
  •    Fellow, Institute of Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina (2013)
  •    Fellow, The National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC (2008-2009)
  •    Distinguished Teaching Award, Kent State University (2009)
  •    Visiting Scholar, Case Western Reserve University Law School (Spring 2008)
  •    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2001)
  •    Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University Draper Program in Humanities   and Social Thought (2000-2002)
  •    Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California at Berkeley (1998)
  •    Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (1997-8)
  •    Mellon Dissertation Fellowship (1996-7)
  •    Phi Beta Kappa (1987)

Courses Taught:

  • English 408: Songwriting
  • English 124: Contemporary Fiction
  • English 347: The American Novel